Man Sentenced on Charges Involving Arson and Other Charges

Published on April 03, 2023

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and Morristown Police Chief Darnell Richardson announce Chancelle Ibin Young, 29, of 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, 2023, 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, 2023, Judge Taylor sentenced the defendant on the second-degree Arson to an aggregate sentence of 8 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 5 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 the area of 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 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, later joined by fellow officers from their department as well as 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, succeeded in safely taking 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 that involve physical violence and the use of a firearm or weapon, accountable under the law. I commend the law enforcement officers who responded and 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 of time. These officers demonstrated a high degree of 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.   If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence there are resources available in Morris County to assist victims and their families at the Morris County Family Justice Center, which is located at 10 Court Street, 4th Floor, Morristown, New Jersey.  The Morris Family Justice contact number is 973-829-4050; or you can visit their website at or contact the Domestic Violence Abuse hotline at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED.

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