Ex-Babbitt Fire Chief granted extension before serving prison time

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Ex-Babbitt Fire Chief granted extension before serving prison time

June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM CDT

Babbitt, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The Ex Babbitt Fire Chief, convicted of arson, did not report to prison Monday as he was required by a federal judge. Instead Ryan Scharber received an extension in hopes of finding an open prison bed closer to home.

The 30-year-old Scharber was sentenced to five years behind bars in April and was to turn himself in to authorities today to begin serving his sentence.

According to Scharber's attorney Joe Tamburino, Scharber had been told to report to a correctional facility in Lisbon , Ohio.

At sentencing, Scharber requested that he serve his time at the federal prison camp in Duluth so that he could remain closer to his family.

That request was denied, but the judge has now issued Scharber a 45 day extension while they search for a facility closer to home.

Scharber was charged with setting nine forest fires and one attempted arson fire at a resort in Babbitt from August of 20-11 to September of 20-12.

Scharber will now be required to report to a to-be-determined prison on July 14.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati