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Oelwein man charged with arson in West Charles Mall fire and two others

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An Oelwein man faces three federal arson charges, including one for the West Charles Mall fire in 2010 that injured a firefighter.

Shawn Gant, 39, was charged in an indictment that filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Court documents allege that Gant set fire to a building in Independence on July 5, 2009, one in Fayette on October 10, 2009 and the West Charles Mall in Oelwein on May 7, 2010.

If convicted, Gant faces 17 to 80 years in federal prison, a $750,000 fine and 11 years of supervised release.­

Gant is currently serving a 10 year federal sentence for threatening to blow up a building via text message.  He pleaded guilty to that charge on October 4, 2010.

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