MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Morristown Police Chief Darnell Richardson confirmed that Chancelle Ibin Young, 29, Morristown, has been sentenced in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred overnight between October 25, 2021, and October 26, 2021.
On January 17, the defendant appeared before the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr., and entered pleas of guilty to second-degree Arson, second-degree Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, and Simple Assault.
On March 31, Judge Taylor sentenced the defendant on second-degree Arson to an aggregate sentence of eight years imprisonment, subject to the No Early Release Act, which mandates that a defendant serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. On the second-degree Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons charge, the defendant was sentenced to a concurrent mandatory term of imprisonment of five years imprisonment with a 5-year parole disqualifier. As part of his sentence, the defendant will also be subject to three years of parole supervision upon his release from prison.
On October 25, 2021, law enforcement was called to Franklin Street, Morristown, on a report of a domestic dispute. The investigation revealed that Young had engaged in an assault upon his partner, in which he inflicted bodily injury upon her in the presence of their young child.
Upon the arrival of law enforcement, Young was observed on the street in possession of and brandishing a suspected firearm. He was also observed to engage in threatening behavior and actively vandalized a vehicle by setting it on fire. The initial Morristown Patrol Units were later joined by fellow officers from their department and officers from the Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Office. The officers secured the scene and commenced de-escalation techniques, including hostage negotiation. Despite the defendant’s escalating threatening conduct, the officers, after several tense hours, safely took Young into custody. The firearm was ultimately recovered from inside the burned motor vehicle.
Prosecutor Carroll said, “Domestic violence is a serious crime. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to holding the perpetrators of domestic violence, especially those involving physical violence and using a firearm or weapon, accountable under the law. I commend the law enforcement officers who responded through the skillful use of police de-escalation techniques and inter-agency cooperation, which safely arrested the defendant who was pointing a firearm and carrying out violent and threatening behavior for an extended period. These officers demonstrated high professionalism and restraint under strenuous circumstances threatening their personal safety. I also thank Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Tia Manochio for her successful prosecution.”
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act provides maximum protection to victims of domestic violence. Suppose you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence. In that case, there are resources available in Morris County to assist victims and their families at the Morris County Family Justice Center, located at 10 Court Street, 4th Floor, Morristown. The Morris Family Justice contact number is (973) 829-4050, or you can visit their website at www.morrisfjc.org or contact the Domestic Violence Abuse hotline at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED.