Although the charges were resolved in late 2022, the State’s intention to identify the juveniles by name in a subsequent public disclosure was opposed by their attorneys in motions pending before the court. Those motions were only recently decided by the court in the juveniles’ favor in February 2023, when it was ordered that the youths could be identified solely by their initials.
Late last year, both juveniles pleaded guilty to Arson and Criminal Mischief, admitting that a Christmas tree inside the drainage culvert was purposely lit on fire, resulting in extensive damage to the area. Both I.J. and A.R. were sentenced to 60 days in the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center as a condition of three years of juvenile probation. Additionally, the Court ordered $15,000 in restitution to be split evenly between the juveniles. Finally, both juveniles were ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and attend and complete a fire setter’s education program.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Iva Krasteva, who handled the case on behalf of the State and the New Jersey State Police, Brick Township Police Department, and New Jersey Department of Transportation, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation.
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