A man from Burlington Township, New Jersey, was sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment for starting a fire that took the life of another man, according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw. The 23-year-old, Newlin Evans IV, pleaded guilty earlier in the year to Aggravated Manslaughter (First Degree). The plea agreement was settled with the Prosecutor’s Office, and the sentence was delivered in Superior Court in Mount Holly by Judge Terrence R. Cook, P.J.Cr. Evans will have to serve 85% of his term before becoming eligible for parole.
The tragic incident took place at the Tara Hall Apartment Complex in Pemberton Borough on April 20, 2022. Emergency officials responded to reports of a fire in the early morning hours. The investigation revealed that Evans broke a window of the ground floor unit and threw material soaked in gasoline into it, which he lit on fire. The blaze killed 22-year-old Camryn Powell. Evans, who had sustained burns, fled the scene. He was eventually taken to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for treatment and was arrested upon being discharged in May 2022.
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office worked with the New Jersey State Police, Pemberton Borough Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office, Burlington County Fire Marshal’s Office, Jefferson Hospital Campus Security Department, and the Philadelphia Police Department in conducting the investigation.
Andrew McDonnell, supervisor of the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case against Evans.
A picture accompanying the news article shows Newlin Evans IV with his head down after the sentence was announced. His facial expression is not discernible in the picture.