Indictments unsealed in connection with arson at area sheriff's office

Published: May. 29, 2020 at 2:51 PM CDT
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Three people have been indicted on charges connected to drug dealing and an arson at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

According to United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe's office, Tony Streeter, 46, and Betty Jackson, 50, both of Fort Walton Beach, were indicted. The indictment alleges Streeter sold drugs on multiple occasions in August 2019 and had a gun despite being a multi-convicted drug trafficking felon.

The indictment goes on to say these crimes led to a car in the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office impound lot being set on fire.

Another defendant, William Sims, has pleaded guilty to his role in the federal arson.

“Individuals who feel enabled to attack a law enforcement agency present an extreme threat to our communities,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley. “With the arrest of the suspects and the steadfast support of our federal partners and U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe, we are sending a clear message that these individuals will be pursued, apprehended, and ultimately held accountable.”

“When offenders attack a law enforcement agency, they attack the individuals who protect us and help maintain law and order in our community,” said U.S. Attorney Keefe. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will use all of the resources at its disposal to vigorously pursue and prosecute those who commit these types of crimes.”

Officials say the defendants were in court Thursday and a detention hearing for both has been scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. in Pensacola.

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