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Former Olympian Michael Barisone found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2019 Long Valley shooting

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris county) – A former Olympic equestrian has been found not guilty by reason of insanity for a 2019 shooting in Long Valley, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

On August 7, 2019 Police received a 9-1-1 call at around 2:13 p.m. requesting service at 411 West Mill Road for a female with gunshot wounds.

Washington Township Police responded to the scene and located Lauren Kanarek who had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Barisone, and a second male victim were also located at the scene. A handgun was also recovered.

On December 18, 2019, an indictment was returned charging Barisone, with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, and two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Carroll said.

The jury found Barisone not guilty by reason of insanity of one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. The jury also found him not guilty on the remaining two charges, Carroll said.

A not guilty by reason of insanity disposition hearing is scheduled before Judge Taylor on May 17, Carrol said.

Barisone was tried before the Hon. Stephen J. Taylor and a jury between March 28, 2022 and April 11, 2022. The State was represented at trial by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn and Assistant Prosecutor Alexander Bennett.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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