Former fire chief pleads guilty to two arson-related charges

By KBJR News 1

Former fire chief pleads guilty to two arson-related charges

November 22, 2013 Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Former Babbitt Fire Chief Ryan Scharber pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to two arson-related charges in U.S. District Court.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of setting fires on U.S. forest land and one count of attempted arson on property in and affecting interstate or foreign commerce.

Scharber faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the attempted arson count and five years on the setting fires count.

This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, the Minnesota Fire Marshal, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunne.

Scharber resigned from his position in December of 2012.

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