On Nov. 17, dressage trainer and rider Michael Barisone was released from custody. This decision came four years after Barisone was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, and approximately 17 months after a jury found him not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity in the shooting of Lauren Kanarek and not guilty of the attempted murder of her boyfriend Robert Goodwin. Since the verdict, Barisone has been evaluated and treated in psychiatric institutions, and he was most recently held at the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor presided over the Nov. 17 Krol hearing and, according to NancyJaffer.com, ordered that his release be predicated on certain conditions. Barisone, 59, must not have contact with shooting victim Kanarek; he must remain in New Jersey; he must get regular treatment from a psychologist; he may not possess firearms; he may only have an occasional alcoholic beverage; and he must return to court in three months.
“I don’t really know what to say. I’m sort of on my heels. I don’t know what to expect anymore. I’m out of words,” Barisone, the 2008 Olympic alternate for the U.S. team, told NancyJaffer.com.
On Aug. 7, 2019, police arrested Barisone after Kanarek was shot twice in the torso at his Hawthorne Hill dressage facility in Long Valley, New Jersey. Delays meant that Barisone’s trial didn’t get underway until 2½ years later, and a 12-person jury issued their verdict in Morris County, New Jersey, in April of 2022.
Barisone is living in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of time since Barisone was found not guilty by reason of insanity.