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Morris County Jury Finds Ex-Olympian Michael Barisone Not-Guilty by Reason of Insanity in 2019 Shooting

By rlsmetro on
Morris County

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood and Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker announced that a jury has found Michael Barisone, 57, not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

The trial was related to a shooting that occurred on August 7, 2019, in Washington Township.

On December 18, 2019, an indictment was returned, charging Barisone with two (2) counts of attempted murder, crimes of the first degree, and two (2) counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, crimes of the second degree.

The jury found Barisone not guilty of one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

The jury found Barisone not guilty on the remaining two charges.

A not guilty because of insanity disposition hearing is scheduled before Judge Taylor on May 17, 2022.

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.

A video recording of Prosecutor Carroll’s statement is available here.