Man accused of lighting Sheridan County Attorney's Office on fire pleads not guilty

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SHERIDAN, Wyoming — A man charged in connection with an arson fire that damaged the Sheridan County Attorney's Office last summer has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

The Sheridan Press reports (http://goo.gl/Yrxs9T ) 37-year-old Joel Elliott denied the arson and firearms charges Friday and is scheduled to go to trial June 1.

Prosecutors say he broke into the office in the early morning hours of June 4, poured gasoline in the basement, first floor and second floor and left an incendiary device behind to ignite the fuel. The timed device started the fire about three hours after the break-in.

Investigators say Elliott gave undisclosed details about the fire to a confidential informant at the Sheridan County jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges.


Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/

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