Additional Charge of Aiding Suicide Filed Against Parsippany Man in Connection with Death

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce the filing of an additional charge related to a death that occurred on March 15, 2019.  On March 25, 2019, Patrick Mirrione, age 79, of Parsippany, New Jersey, was charged with Aiding Suicide, a crime of the second degree. Mirrione was previously charged with Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function and Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with this incident.

It is alleged that on Friday, March 15, 2019, at approximately 12:54 p.m., Parsippany police officers responded to a 911 call report of a gunshot suicide at 10 Concord Way, Parsippany, New Jersey. The caller, later identified as Patrick Mirrione, reported to police at the scene that he discovered his wife in the garage with an apparent gunshot wound.  During the ensuing investigation, it is alleged that Mirrione gave statements to law enforcement revealing that he purposely aided his wife in the commission of her suicide. Mirrione was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings as a result of the Aiding Suicide charge.

This investigation remains ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time. 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 Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300.

Members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigations, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office all took part in this investigation.

The complaints against Mirrione are merely accusations.  Despite these accusations, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries about this press release can be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or [email protected].

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Delivers Remarks at Islamic Society of North Jersey Remembrance Vigil

On March 22, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Captain Chris Kimker joined the Islamic Society of North Jersey, the Mount Olive Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and other community leaders for a remembrance vigil for the victims of the New Zealand terrorist attack in Christchurch. The vigil was held at Mount Olive High School.

The vigil was organized by President of the North Jersey Islamic Society Moshin Ansari and Imam Jawad Ahmed. Over 200 residents of Morris County were in attendance to express their support for the Muslim community following the attacks in New Zealand. Prosecutor Knapp’s remarks focused on the multitude of tactics utilized by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and their law enforcement partners to ensure all houses of worship are safe for their congregations.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office would like to express our thanks to the North Jersey Islamic Society, Mount Olive Police Chief Stephen Beecher, and Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum for organizing this event. We have a strong interfaith community here in Morris County and it was shown here tonight. We will not tolerate acts of hate fueled by bigotry, and will continue working with our community partners to ensure people of all religions may practice safely”.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Delivers Remarks at Islamic Society of North Jersey Remembrance Vigil
From left: Mt. Olive Chief Beecher, Prosecutor Knapp, Mt. Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum, Imam Jawad Ahmed, and Morris County Sheriff James Gannon.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Delivers Remarks at Islamic Society of North Jersey Remembrance Vigil

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Aids New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force Takedown of Major Fentanyl and Heroin Mill

On March 21, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Captain Chris Kimker attended a press conference given by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who announced the arrests of Timothy Guest, age 45, of Irvington, NJ; William Woodley, 27, of Belleville, NJ; and Selionel Orama, age 25, of Cedar Grove NJ; in connection with the seizure of a large-scale fentanyl and heroin mill located in Harrison, NJ. This ongoing investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 32,500 doses and four kilos of fentanyl and heroin. Fentanyl and heroin previously distributed by the mill have been linked to 227 overdoses, including 84 deaths. The investigation was headed up by the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force, with the assistance of various federal, county and local law enforcement agencies, including the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. Attorney General Grewal stated, “We prevented countless doses of fentanyl and heroin from reaching drug users by taking down this mill.”

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Shutting down this facility and seizing this significant amount of drugs is another step in combating the Fentanyl and Heroin epidemic affecting our communities. We are honored to be part of the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force and will continue working with our law enforcement partners to successfully investigate and prosecute for-profit drug dealers preying on our residents”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Aids New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force Takedown of Major Fentanyl and Heroin Mill

Guest, Woodley, and Orama are charged with the following offenses:

1. Maintaining a Narcotics Production Facility (1st Degree)
2. Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute (1st Degree)
3. Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute (2nd Degree)
4. Possession of Fentanyl (3rd Degree)
5. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4th Degree)

Guest is also charged with third-degree Eluding Police. Guest is being held in jail pending a detention hearing. Woodley and Orama were released subject to conditions following detention hearings. Deputy Attorneys General from the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice are responsible for the prosecution of this case.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be emailed to [email protected]