A Mays Landing man and a Hammonton man have pleaded guilty to setting a man on fire while he slept.

Atlantic Country Prosecutor Damon Tyner says Brandon Perez, 23, of Hammonton and David Sult, 24, of Mays Landing, both pleaded guilty to second degree aggravated assault. Tyner says the pleas are in exchange for five years New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act.

According to Tyner, here's what happened:

On the evening of March 15, 2019, Brandon Perez and David Sult were at Sult’s residence in Mays Landing hanging out with a group of other men. Raymond Mullen was asleep on a couch when Perez and Sult decided to play a “prank” on him. Perez sprayed lighter fluid on the back of Raymond’s clothing. Perez ignited it. Raymond suffered severe burns to his back.  The men claimed Raymond had been burned accidentally by an electronic smoking device but the investigation revealed the fire had been set intentionally.

Sentencing for the pair is scheduled for February 28, 2020.  Sult and Perez have been released pending the sentencing.


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