Lieutenant Says Arsonist May Get Extended Sentence

Sheridan Police Lt. Travis Koltiska gave us the update on the Public Pulse show. (Leslie Stratmoen photo)

The man convicted of the arson of the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office in Sheridan who escaped from custody last month, never made it out of a secured area.

Sheridan Police Lt. Travis Koltiska gave us the details.
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That was on Dec. 15, he said, just a few days before his official sentencing.

No one was injured in the escape attempt. Joel S. Elliott was sentenced to serve 37 years in prison. He was convicted of firebombing the county office, which is located in an historic home in downtown Sheridan, and the judge ordered him to pay $940,000 in restitution.

His federal prison time is in addition to a 10-year state sentence he's serving on stalking and burglary convictions. He was facing prosecution by the Sheridan County Attorney's Office on a state forgery charge when its building was damaged last summer by arson.