SHERIDAN — Officials announced Friday morning the indictment of Sheridan resident Joel Elliott in connection with the June 4, 2014, arson at the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office.
After months of investigation, on March 19 Elliott was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts: arson of building receiving federal funds; using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; using fire or an explosion to commit a felony; possession of an unregistered firearm; and false declaration before grand jury.
“The alleged conduct in this case indicates a blatant disregard for the safety of our community,” Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Luke Franey said. “ATF and our partners are committed to pursuing and bringing to justice those who commit acts of arson and illegally use explosives and firearms.”
An indictment is a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
This incident was investigated by the ATF Cheyenne Field Office, FBI Cheyenne Field Office, Sheridan Police Department and Sheridan Fire-Rescue.
The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Wyoming.
Elliott is currently being held at the Sheridan County Detention Center on separate charges.