Arsonist Who Conspired to Set Tuckerton Marina Fire Pleads Guilty

Apr 18, 2018

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced today that Bruce Roslin entered a guilty plea on Thursday, April 12, to the second-degree crime of conspiracy to commit theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Michael T. Collins. As a result of the plea, Roslin faces a possible custodial sentence of up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison. This guilty plea results from a New Jersey State Police investigation that culminated in an 18-count indictment charging Roslin with various counts of arson, insurance fraud and other crimes relating to a 2009 fire that destroyed Roslin’s boat and damaged a Tuckerton marina and several other boats.

According to officials, Roslin agreed to pay his co-defendant, John Dockery, a sum of money to set Roslin’s 26-foot 2007 ProKat boat on fire. Dockery and another co-defendant had previously entered pleas of guilty for their involvement in the arson.

In pleading guilty, Roslin admitted to conspiring with his co-defendant to damage his boat and defraud the insurance company of over $75,000 paid out to him personally and to his financing company on his behalf. State Police Detective William Simonson and Sgt. Adam Graczyk were the primary investigators. State Police Sgt. Michael Ward conducted the origin and cause investigation. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office all assisted with this investigation.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Bridget Coughlin and Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill prosecuted this case on behalf of the state. Kevin Smith, Esq. represented Roslin.







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