Prosecutors: court can't hear Hitching Post appeal

By: AP
By: AP
Federal prosecutors say a Denver appeals court doesn

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 15,2010 file photo showing flames burning through the roof of the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne, Wyo. The company that insured the Hitching Post in Cheyenne accuses the hotel's owners of conspiring to burn the property to collect $13.6 million in insurance money. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Michael Smith,File)

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Denver appeals court doesn't have authority to consider an appeal from a New Mexico man serving six years in prison for commissioning the arson that destroyed a landmark Cheyenne hotel.

Ajay Jariwala of Albuquerque pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit arson of the Hitching Post Inn.

Jariwala was a principal in the company that owned the hotel. Prosecutors say he commissioned the 2010 arson to try to defraud an insurance company of more than $13 million.

Jariwala appealed after his sentencing, saying it wasn't fair that he got more prison time than a man who set the blaze.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Anderson of Cheyenne filed papers this week saying the court doesn't have authority to consider the appeal because Jariwala pleaded guilty.

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