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Man tasered at Carlisle parade had murder conviction in '91

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A man who pushed children to get candy at Carlisle's Halloween parade and then violently attacked a police officer had served time in a mental hospital for killing his mother 23 years ago, abc27 News has learned.

Frederick Pisano, 51, in 1991 was ordered to serve 10 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder in the strangulation death of Jean Pisano at their Mechanicsburg home in 1989, according to news and court records.

His father, Charles Pisano, wanted his son sent to a mental hospital instead of prison. Frederick Pisano had a history of schizophrenia and his parents were advocates for the mentally ill.

Carlisle police said Pisano will likely face charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct for the incident Monday night the corner of South Hanover and Pomfret streets, but the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed so far.

Pisano had reportedly stepped in front of children and pushed them aside in order to get at the candy being tossed by parade participants when an officer approached him. Pisano immediately punched the officer in the head and aggressively attacked him until the officer fought back and eventually gained control of Pisano with the use of a Taser, according to Carlisle police.

Pisano became unconscious as a result of the struggle and was taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center, where he had been listed in stable condition Monday night.

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