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Fort Totten man gets nine years for assaulting boys, setting fire

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FARGO - A Fort Totten man who admitted to beating two young boys and setting fire to the bedroom where they slept offered a tearful apology in court Wednesday, saying he was hallucinating at the time.

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"I do not ask the family to forgive me, because I wouldn't be able to forgive me," 30-year-old Lyndon Greybear said in Cass County District Court.

During an emotional hearing, Judge John Irby sentenced Greybear to nine years in prison and four years of supervised probation. He received credit for 416 days in jail.

Greybear pleaded guilty in October to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of endangering by fire or explosion. Two attempted murder charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

He and his girlfriend were visiting his female cousin in Fargo on Nov. 13, 2011, when the two women left the apartment, leaving Greybear in charge of the 4- and 6-year-old boys.

During Greybear's plea hearing, prosecutor Leah Viste described how he beat the children, urinated on them, grabbed them by the throat and threw them in the closet in the bedroom of the third-floor apartment and lit fires.

Two psychological evaluations indicated Greybear suffered a psychotic episode brought on by intoxication, and he had no significant memory of the event, attorneys said.

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