Guilty plea in arson that destroyed bowling alley

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - January 26, 2014

/*Steven Smink*/ of Philadelphia had pleaded guilty earlier this month to a first-degree charge of arson for hire, just days before he was to stand trial on charges stemming from the fire that destroyed Loyle Lanes in Vineland.

But Cumberland County prosecutors had to vacate that plea deal after realizing the 12-year sentence it called for was not subject to a state law that requires defendants serve at least 85 percent of their term before becoming eligible for parole. They said Smink could have been eligible for release after serving just three years.

Prosecutors reworked the deal and Smink pleaded guilty Friday.

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