Man Indicted in Connection with Fatal Shooting in Jefferson Township

December 31, 2019

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Jefferson Township Police Chief Sean Conrad announce that John Formisano, age 49, formerly of Jefferson Township, New Jersey, has been indicted on charges related to a fatal shooting that occurred on July 14, 2019, in Jefferson Township.

On December 30, 2019, an indictment was returned by a Morris County grand jury charging Formisano with a number of offenses, including first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder, two (2) counts of second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Official Misconduct, two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and third degree Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution.

The charges in the indictment are related to an incident that occurred on July 14, 2019 in Jefferson Township.  At approximately 11:21 p.m., members of the Jefferson Township Police Department were dispatched to 1 Mirror Place for 911 calls of shots fired. Upon arrival, first responding officers located a deceased woman’s body lying on the front porch steps of 5 Mirror Place. The deceased woman was subsequently identified as Christie Formisano, age 37, of Jefferson Township, New Jersey. A second victim, a male age 40, was located with multiple gunshot wounds inside the residence of 1 Mirror Place.

At approximately 2 a.m., the defendant, John Formisano, was located in a parking lot in Livingston, New Jersey, and was taken into custody by law enforcement. The firearm believed to be used by the defendant was also recovered in Livingston. The defendant, a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, was off-duty at the time of the incident.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at 973-829-8159 or [email protected].

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department Confirm Fatal Fire Investigation

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller confirm the investigation of a fire occurring at the Rutgers Village Apartment Complex in Parsippany, New Jersey on December 29, 2019.

At approximately 12:34 p.m., the Deputy Chief of the Parsippany District #5 Fire Department was at the Rutgers Village Apartment Complex and observed an active fire.  Multiple apartments were heavily damaged as a result of the fire.  The preliminary investigation has revealed that the fire resulted in one (1) fatality.  The investigation remains ongoing and the identity of the individual will not be released at this time. The cause of the fire is undetermined, however, there is no indication that the fire was intentionally set.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Parsippany Fire Department, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Environmental Crimes Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and all other mutual aid providers for their efforts in this matter.

Further information concerning this matter will be released at a later time.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected].

Man Sentenced for Assaulting 16-Year Old and Witness Tampering

December 23, 2019

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, Dover Police Chief Anthony Smith and Randolph Police Chief David Stokoe announce that Levi Young, age 20, formerly of Dover, New Jersey, was sentenced Friday to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison, with fifty-one (51) months of parole ineligibility. The Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. presided over the case.

Mr. Young previously plead guilty to aggravated assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(1); aggravated assault (strangulation) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(13); endangering the welfare of a child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(2); witness tampering in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-5d; and contempt in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9a.

Mr. Young must serve a minimum of 51 months of the ten (10) year term prior to being eligible for parole.  In addition, he was ordered to pay mandatory fines and penalties and to have no contact with the victim.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Detective Craig May and Detective Lydia Negron did an outstanding job locating this defendant and bringing him to justice. Assistant Prosecutor Gloria Rispoli led the prosecution and is also to be highly commended.”

Prosecutor Knapp thanked the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, Dover Police Detective Bureau, Randolph Township Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, whose efforts contributed to the investigation and resolution of the matter.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.