- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal appeals court has dismissed an appeal from a New Mexico man who challenged the six-year prison sentence in connection with the arson fire that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday dismissed the appeal from Albuquerque hotelier Ajay Jariwala.

Jariwala pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit arson of the Hitching Post Inn. He was a principal in the company that owned the hotel. Federal prosecutors say he commissioned the 2010 arson to try to defraud an insurance company of more than $13 million.

Jariwala’s sentence was within the terms of a plea agreement he reached with prosecutors. Jariwala had claimed it wasn’t fair that he got more prison time than a man who set the blaze.

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