Gloucester County ProsecutorGloucester County Prosecutor's Office

Criminal Justice Complex
P.O.Box 623
Woodubury, NJ 08096
Phone: (856) 384-5500


Subject :

Sentencing in Attempted Disarming of Officer
Contact :Bernie Weisenfeld    856-384-5617

                                                                 PRESS RELEASE


For Immediate Release

February     2,   2018

Contact:  Bernie Weisenfeld- PIO-GCPO

Re.:  Sentencing in attempted disarming of officer


James R. Dorton (DOB 12/28/84), of Gloucester City NJ was sentenced today to five years in New Jersey state prison for his admitted attempt to disarm a Woodbury police officer in a 10/10/16 struggle on Cooper Street in Woodbury.


In the incident, city police officers were dispatched to a location outside the Atrium Acute Care Center for a report of a man attempting to steal an NJ Transit bus.  Defendant Dorton, identified as the suspect, attempted to flee.  A struggle ensued when he was apprehended and he attempted to grab the service weapons of two officers.  Transported to Inspira Hospital, Dorton again struggled, kicking a patrol car door, and once more reached for the officers’ weapons.


Dorton pleaded guilty 12/11/17 to the second-degree offense of attempting to disarm a police officer.  Under terms of the plea agreement, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Steven Salvati recommended the five year sentence.  Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker sentenced today in accordance with the agreement.