On May 31, 2023, the Honorable Nancy L. Ridgway, J.S.C. sentenced Deshoin Rowell, 22, of Northfield to five years in New Jersey State Prison where he must serve 85% of that sentence before being eligible for parole, concurrent, on three separate indictments charging him with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
After an extensive investigation from July of 2019 by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Unit, Rowell was arrested after he distributed cocaine to an undercover police operative in the area of North Main Street in Pleasantville. He received three years NJSP for that offense.
On December 30, 2019, Pleasantville Police responded to a ShotSpotter Alert in the area of West Wright Street and Chestnut Avenue. Four rounds were fired by Rowell’s codefendant, Devon Williams, who has previously pled guilty for his involvement in the crime. A .45 caliber Glock 30 semi-automatic handgun was located in Rowell’s bedroom that is believed to have been used in the shooting. Rowell was sentenced pursuant to the Graves Act to five years N.J.S.P. where he must serve three and one-half years before he is eligible for parole.
Lastly, on July 4, 2021, at a Northfield bonfire at Rowell’s residence, he deliberately poured flammable liquid onto the clothing of his victim causing him to catch on fire. The victim was hospitalized and suffered first, second, and third-degree burns to his hands, arms, stomach, and inner thigh resulting in a lengthy recovery process. Rowell was sentenced to a five-year NJSP term wherein he must serve 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act.
Assistant Prosecutors Ryan Jones and Harlee Stein represented the State in these matters.