Hitching Post Suspect Sentenced to Prison
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
A New Mexico man who admitted torching Cheyenne's iconic Hitching Post Inn will spend the next five years in federal prison. Robert Rodriguez had pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy to commit arson in connection to the fire.
The main building of the Hitching Post Inn burned to the ground in a spectacular fire in September 2010. Authorities later concluded that the fire was arson and the owners of the hotel were suspected.
Rodriguez says he was one of the people working on reservation, when a principal of the company that owned it approached him about setting the fire to collect insurance money. Prosecutor Jim Anderson told Judge Nancy Freudenthall that Rodriguez's cooperation was essential in persuading one of the company's main people to plead guilty to related charges last month.