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Fire chief diagnosed a pyromaniac

Ryan Scharber
Ryan Scharber

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KFGO AM) -- Court documents show that a northeastern Minnesota fire chief who pleaded guilty to setting fires in the Superior National Forest has been diagnosed as a pyromaniac.

Former Babbitt Fire Chief Ryan Scharber is awaiting sentencing in Federal Court, after pleading guilty to setting one fire in the forest and trying to light another one at a resort.

He admitted to setting nine fires in the area.

Scharber's lawyer is hoping to convince the judge that the defendant should serve less than the five years sentencing guidelines call for because a psychiatrist diagnosed the 30-year-old with pyromania.

Prosecutors say Scharber's actions put other firefighters and the public at risk, and hope he is given the maximum when Scharber is sentenced April 10.