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Man in Sheridan County Attorney’s Office 2014 firebombing sentenced to 37 years in prison

(Casper, Wyo.) — After being convicted this year in the June 2014 fire bombing of the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office at 179 Brooks Street, former Sheridan resident Joel S. Elliott was sentenced to 37 years in prison today. Elliott was sentenced for 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 (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming). Elliott was sentenced to 37 years of imprisonment in federal court, consecutive to time being served on separate state charges. In addition to his term of imprisonment, Elliott was ordered to pay a $400.00 special assessment, restitution in the amount of $940,000.00, and will be placed on five years of supervised release upon release from federal custody. In June 2014, Joel Elliot fire bombed the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office. After a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court in Casper, a jury found him guilty on all counts related to that fire: arson of 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. “The Defendant created a substantial risk of injury to other persons, including public safety officers engaged in the performance of their duties. The trial team on this case did an excellent job, from investigation through the successful prosecution of Joel Elliott in this matter,” said United States Attorney Crofts. “I want to commend the ATF agents, Wyoming United States Attorney’s Office and Sheridan Police Department for their outstanding investigation and prosecution in this case. Elliott won’t be able to wreak any more havoc on his community for a very long time,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Ken Croke. “This substantial prison sentence should be a warning to anyone who thinks arson is acceptable in any circumstance.” The investigation in this case was conducted by the Sheridan Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart S. Healy III. *Feature photo Sheridan County Attorney’s Office after repairs done since the July 2014 firebombing incident. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news