Federal agency announces charges in arson that damaged the Sheridan County Attorney's Office

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SHERIDAN, Wyoming — Federal officials have announced charges against a Sheridan man in connection with an arson fire that damaged the Sheridan County Attorney's Office last summer.

The Sheridan Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Ey6FT9 ) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the charges on Friday.

The agency announced that a federal grand jury indicted Joel Elliott of Sheridan on Thursday on five counts. According to the agency, he's charged with arson, using a firearm during a crime of violence, using fire to commit a felony, possession of an unregistered weapon and making a false declaration before a grand jury.

Elliott hasn't yet made a preliminary appearance on the charges and it's unclear if he has an attorney. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne declined comment on the case.

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