SHERIDAN — The trial of Joel S. Elliott, the man accused of setting fire to the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office in June 2014, was recently pushed back and is now scheduled for Oct. 5, 2015.
In early May, Elliott’s trial was set for July 13, but Judge Scott W. Skavdahl accepted a motion for continuance on July 7. According to the motion, a hearing is slated for Sept. 23, and any plea agreement or change of plea must come at least 10 days before the trial begins.
If no changes occur, Elliott will face four charges — arson of a building receiving federal funds, using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, possession of an unregistered firearm and false declaration before a grand jury — before a 12-person jury in a trial that could last two weeks.
The four counts carry maximum penalties of 37 years to life in prison, up to $1 million in fines and five years of supervised probation.
Prosecutors allege Elliott broke into the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office on June 4, 2014 at approximately 1:35 a.m. At that time, an individual poured gasoline over the basement, first floor and second floor of the office and left an incendiary device behind to ignite the fuel. The timed device started a fire at approximately 4:25 a.m., court documents state.
Elliot’s case will be heard at Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building in Casper.