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Arsonist sentenced for April 17 Beltrami County fire

Darryl Wayne Adams, 28, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty May 10 and was sentenced June 14 in Beltrami County District Court for felony wildfire arson.

Judge Paul Benshoof granted Adams a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in misdemeanor conviction. He must serve 23 days in jail with credit for 27 days; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; pay restitution of $82,576.47; follow recommendations of evaluation; begin inpatient treatment within 90 days and then go directly into outpatient treatment and relapse prevention; consult with mental health professional while in outpatient treatment to assess therapy and medications; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing of blood, breath or urine; submit a DNA sample; remain law-abiding and complete cognitive skills training, if required by probation.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 17 Adams, a convicted arsonist, along with three other men, was drinking alcohol near a residence at the 28000 block of Brook Lake Road. Adams waded into the nearby Mississippi River and went to the shoreline which was thick with dried grass and reeds. Using a cigarette lighter, Adams intentionally set wildfires at three separate locations. The owner of the property reported the arson. By the time officers arrived the fire had grown to a point where people in nearby residences had to be evacuated. U.S. Forestry personnel used aircrafts carrying water and fire extinguishing chemicals to extinguish the flames. After setting the fire, Adams fled the scene. He was subsequently located and arrested.