Barisone of New York was found not guilty by reason of sanity in a shooting at his property

Barisone of New York was found not guilty by reason of sanity in a shooting at his property ...

A jury has found a New Jersey Olympian not guilty in the attempted murder of his former employer.

Michael Barisone, a one-time Olympic equestrian and coach, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of Lauren Kanarek. The jury has returned a standard not guilty in the attempted murder of her fiance, Robert Goodwin, and they have deliberated for over 17 hours.

Barisone was found not guilty of aggravated assault and weapons charges against Goodwin, but not guilty due to insanity for a weapon charge against Kanarek.

The judge said he will be committed to a psychiatric facility civilianly.

Following months of disagreements between Barisone and Kanarek, he was accused of attending his upscale Long Valley dressage facility in August 2019. The gunfire also left Goodwin unintentional, according to authorities.

Barisone drew tears as a foreman read the verdict and shaked and blasted his lawyer's shoulder in court Friday afternoon. A court live stream, which was focused on him, showed Barisone rubbing his eyes with a brown paper napkin, and breathing heavily, seemingly in disbelief.

Ed Bilinkas, Barisone's lawyer, had vigorously claimed that Kanarek had waged a public offensive to terrorize Barisone out of his mind. Barisone eventually snapped, according to Bilinkas, leading to the shooting.

Police in Washington Township were in weeks leading up to the shooting by Barisone, who claimed that Kanarek and Goodwin's actions against him were more intense, according to Bilinkas. Barisone has been left paranoid due to the lack of action, according to Bilinkas.

Kanarek had stated that Barisone had gone out of his way to bully her, and that her massive social media accounts were not intended to be threatening.

Barisone will now be committed civilly at the Anne Klein Forensic Center in Trenton, according to Judge Stephen Taylor. He was arrested in the Morris County Correctional Facility while awaiting trial; he had faced up to 60 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.

In a statement released to NJ Advance Media, Bruce Nagel, Kanarek's lawyer, said the verdict "is a major injustice of justice."

Those found not guilty due to insanity may be placed in psychiatric hospitals or, if possible to do safely, they may be sent to the community. Taylor said an evaluation period takes 30 days.

The judge said it will be a closed hearing for the tenth time that he has committed.

The trial took more than two weeks, where psychiatric specialists discussed whether Barisone was capable to understand the illness of his actions. A doctor who examined Barisone for the defense stated that he had developed paranoid equities about Kanarek listening to his private conversations, reinforced by Kanarek's facebook posts.

It was extremely unusual that Barosone was able to remember the moment before and after the shooting, but not the shooting itself, and was able to notice the consequences.

Kanarek began training with Barisone in 2018, hoping that the respected equestrian might help her ride better. Despite testimony from both the defense and the prosecution, Kanarek was a promising rider, although it might be difficult to handle.

Kanarek's relationship with Barisone stutters quickly, with Barisone attempting many times to persuade Kanarek to leave the property, according to Bilinkas. Kanarek said it was extremely difficult to leave a farm without having to have multiple horses.

Barisone was so depressed about Kanarek in the month leading up to the shooting, that he left his apartment in his farmhouse he shared with Kanarek and Goodwin, and began sleeping outside. In the evenings before the shooting, Barisone began sleeping outside, when a health officer told him that the office area was unsafe for anyone to sleep in.

Kanarek argued that some of her Facebook posts were threatening, but that it was not her intent. She said that any posts made to try and scare Barisone were in response to being "bullied and tortured" for weeks.

"It's social media. I wrote stuff, I just did," Kanarek said.

After the verdicts, the prosecutor's office for Robert J. Carroll paid a lot of thanks to the jury for their service and lauding all of the cops and investigators who worked on the case.

"I acknowledge that the case has elicited strong opinions when it comes to how the public views the defendant and the victims in this matter, and I demand that the public respect the jury members and their decision."

Thank you for trusting us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting with a subscription.

Katie Kausch may be reached at (407) 765-1672 or by email.

You may also like: