A Toms River man will spend seven years in prison for arson after intentionally setting a fire at a township home.
John Fischer V, 32, was sentenced Feb. 3 by Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski. Prosecutors had sought eight years of incarceration because of the fact that Fischer placed the victims in danger of death or bodily injury, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
The arson occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at approximately 12:24 am, when the Toms River Police Department and Pleasant Plains Fire Department were dispatched for a structure fire at a Camino Roble address in Toms River. Emergency personnel arrived and discovered a fire in the rear of the structure. First responders found the homeowner had used a fire extinguisher to put out an additional fire at the front door.
The investigation by the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, Toms River Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutors Office Arson Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations and Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office K-9 would ultimately lead to the arrest of Fischer later that day, Sept. 6, after investigators found the fire to be set intentionally. John Fischer V was charged with aggravated arson and bail at the time was set at $75,000 cash.
The motive for his crime was not released. Fischer must serve more than 5 years and 11 months before he can be considered for release under parole supervision