Former Babbitt Fire Chief Charged With Setting Fires Doesn’t Report To Prison, Gets Extension
It’s been a pretty bizarre story from the beginning. A young father who was the volunteer fire chief in Babbitt MN set wildfires between 2010 and 2012. He claims stress from his newborn son caused him to set the fires. He was sentenced to 5 years in a federal prison, but didn’t report yesterday as he was originally required.
According to the Northland’s News Center:
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.
In case you haven’t heard the full story, ABC did a segement on 20/20 about him.