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Northfield man gets five years for drugs, guns and setting man on fire

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A Northfield man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in three cases, including setting a man on fire.

Deshoin Rowell, 21, of Northfield, was sentenced to three five-year terms to run concurrently.

He must serve at least 85 percent, or 4ΒΌ years before he is eligible for parole.

Rowell pleaded guilty to all three cases in November.

Rowell's first case was in July 2019, when he sold cocaine to an undercover police operative around North Main Street in Pleasantville.

Then, gun was then found in his bedroom after a shooting Dec. 30, 2019, in the area of West Wright Street and Chestnut Avenue.


Devon Williams previously admitted to firing the four rounds from the .45-caliber Glock that was recovered. Williams is currently serving a five-year prison sentence. He is eligible for parole in July 2024.

Rowell also admitted to aggravated assault in a July 4, 2021 incident at a bonfire at his Northfield home.

He deliberately poured flammable liquid onto the clothing of his victim, causing him to catch fire.

The man was hospitalized with first-, second- and third-degree burns to his hands, arms, stomach and inner thigh.

Rowell was released from the Atlantic County Justice Facility after he pled. He has been back in since May 19, and will await transfer to state prison.


Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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