On May 6, 2019, defendant Bruce Cisrow, age 63 of Bridgeton, was found guilty by a Cumberland County jury of 3rd degree Criminal Mischief in a trial that lasted one (1) week before the Honorable Michael Silvanio, J.S.C. He was acquitted of 2nd degree Aggravated Arson and 4th degree Aggravated Assault.
On May 17, 2017, Cisrow set fire to clothes in two (2) locations within his apartment at the Bridgeton High Rise, a Bridgeton Housing Authority property. The Bridgeton Police and Fire Departments arrived on the scene and observed Bruce Cisrow throwing objects out of his window. In addition, he was yelling that he was going to jump and for them to contact Donald Trump and Chris Whitney from the NSA. The sprinkler system was activated by the fire. The fire caused approximately $2,000,000 worth of damage. Several tenants from the Bridgeton High Rise were displaced for approximately six (6) months.
Bruce Cisrow faces three (3) to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison. Assistant Prosecutor Kim L. Barfield represented the State and Durann Neil of Neil Law represented Bruce Cisrow. Sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2019.
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