- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A jury has convicted a man of setting a fire that damaged the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office last summer.

The Department of Justice says 37-year-old Joel S. Elliott, of Sheridan, was found guilty Thursday of arson and two gun charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.

Elliott was facing prosecution by the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office on a forgery charge when its building was damaged by arson in June 2014.

According to court records, the fire was triggered by a device that consisted of an electric timer, a model rocket engine and a tube holding explosives. The device ignited gasoline that had been poured in the building.

Prosecutors have said Elliott set the fire to “buy time” on the case against him.

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