Trial for Sheridan County Attorney’s Office Fire Begins

By Reece Monaco

Trial is starting in Casper for a man accused of setting a fire that damaged the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office last summer.

Thirty-seven-year-old Joel S. Elliott is standing trial starting Monday before U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl.

Elliott was facing prosecution by the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office on a forgery charge when its building was damaged by arson.

Skavdahl last week denied Elliott’s request to suppress what prosecutors say are incriminating statements Elliott made early this year to a fellow inmate at the local jail.

Elliott had claimed he knew the other inmate was wearing a wire for investigators. Elliott claimed he should have been advised of his right against self-incrimination.

Elliott this spring was sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison on state stalking and burglary charges.