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Trial delayed for man accused of trying to set step-daughter on fire

Shane Ryan, 43, was scheduled to face trial in December. (Wapello County Jail)

The trial of an Ottumwa man accused of attempting to set his step-daughter on fire has been delayed.

Shane Ryan, 43, was scheduled to face trial in December.

That trial has now been pushed back until March 2018.

Ryan is charged with Attempted Murder, Arson and Burglary.

The charges stem from a June 16, 2017, incident on Wabash Avenue on Ottumwa’s south side.

Prosecutors allege Ryan attempted to set his house on fire using diesel fuel while his wife and step-daughter were inside.

Court documents go on to say that Ryan poured diesel fuel on his step-daughter before lighting the house on fire.

The wife and step-daughter escaped, but the house was severely damaged.

If convicted, Ryan could face 25 years each for the Arson and an Attempted Murder Charge.

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