WOODBURY — Antwan Hood, 31, of Paulsboro, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree aggravated arson and contempt of a court order, acknowledging he brought gasoline and matches to a West New Street home on April 3, 2014 and set a fire.
Hood also said he knowingly violated a restraining order, a fourth-degree crime, on the same date. He was arrested at the New Street residence, igniting a pile of leaves against the wall of a house. He has remained in jail since then in default of $75,000 bail.
In a negotiated plea, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dianna Reed-Rolando will recommend that Hood be sentenced to nine years in New Jersey state prison, with a requirement that he serve four years before becoming eligible for parole. He will also be subject to a court order of no contact with the occupant of the New Street home where the fire was set.
Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker accepted the pleas and set sentencing for July 1.