Lisa Marie Lesyshen enters insanity plea in killing of her nine-year-old son, Asher

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Update: Last May, Routt County's Lisa Marie Lesyshen, seen here, was arrested for the murder of Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, her nine-year-old son. She subsequently appeared in a Denver court for an evidentiary hearing at which it was revealed that the shooting took place after she learned her husband was having an affair. See our previous coverage below. Now, Lesyshen, who's partially paralyzed as a result of a suicide attempt after the killing, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Details, photos and videos below.

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Asher Leyshen-Kirlan.
As we've reported, Lisa appeared to dote on Asher, a charming, athletic child who was well known in the Steamboat Springs area (the family lived in the nearby community of Stagecoach) despite his tender years.

For instance, she posted numerous videos of the boy, including this one, which features him singing the song "Twinkle, Twinkle."

But in May, her world came crashing down around her upon stumbling upon an e-mail exchange between her husband, Michael Kirlan, and the woman with whom he was conducting an affair, as he tearfully detailed at the aforementioned hearing, held in November. The session was conducted in Denver because Lisa is in custody here; our jail is reportedly more wheelchair-friendly than the one in Routt County.

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Michael Kirlan in court this past November.
At the hearing, Michael confirmed the extramarital relationship to Lisa, prompting a sprawling argument during which she's said to have struck him numerous times and identified him as "the enemy."

Amid the spat, Michael is said to have agreed not to divorce Lisa immediately, so that she could retain her health insurance -- and the next day seemed to move forward in a fairly normal fashion, with her going to work and the family eating together. But around 3 a.m., Michael, who'd been sleeping in the basement, heard loud noises that turned out to be gunfire.

Lisa had purchased a weapon, borrowed ammunition from a neighbor and shot Asher as he slept -- three times in the chest, once in the head.

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Lisa Marie Lesyshen at the hearing.
When Kirlan got upstairs, he told the courtroom, he found a dazed Lesyshen emerging from Asher's bedroom. "I don't know what happened in there," she's quoted as telling him before firing off the shot that paralyzed her -- a statement that we suspect will be key in her defense.

Afterward, according to the original arrest warrant on view below, officers found a note next to Asher's bed addressed to Michael. It read "Remember you are responsible for what has happened here and you are the person that caused it." It was signed, "Lisa & Asher."

Lesyshen was back in court yesterday, and as 7News reports, the judge allowed her to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

What's next? Lesyshen will be examined in the Denver County Jail infirmary by a state-appointed psychiatrist to determine her mental state at the time of the shooting, and whether she understood that she was doing something wrong.

The results of that evaluation are due on May 21, and they'll go a long way toward determining what the future will hold for Lisa Marie Lesyshen.

Look below to see two 7News reports -- the first featuring the latest developments, the second detailing the November hearing. That's followed by the original arrest warrant and our previous coverage.

Lisa Marie Lesyshen Arrest Warrant

Continue for our previous coverage on the arrest of Lisa Marie Lesyshen for the murder of her son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, including photos and videos.


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yawbusrocks
yawbusrocks

I was part of the same riding group as mike kirlan in college. he also had a  (different) "emotional" girlfriend then. I remember hearing stories of her flying into jealous rages, throwing his things out of his apartment, and hitting him quite regularly. So, either mike has a "type" or his behavior brings that side out in people- probably a little bit of both. 


regardless, what a stupid, tragic waste of a beautiful boy because of stupid parents.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Good old Christian Family Values !

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Well, if she is insane enough to murder her own child she is insane enough to be locked up for life.  

What a piece of garbage. Killing your own child is as low as it gets. She made a deal with the devil and he will collect.


Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

The only good thing here is that only 1/10 of 1% of insanity plea-cases are successful so her chances are oh so slim.

Heather Bendele
Heather Bendele

It's so disgusting what pieces of shit people are. This is so sad. I hope she rots wherever they put her be it mental institution or prison.

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

She needs to go to prison and be punished the maximum allowed. She should NOT be allowed to plea insanity. >:o\

Sarah May Hagood
Sarah May Hagood

I would think the letter she wrote would be evidence against insanity because it clearly shows she knew it was wrong And disgustingly places blame on the husband. What a freak...

Danielle N. McGuire
Danielle N. McGuire

So incredibly sad. How far a woman's emotions can take them. We need to fix this, this is a huge problem.

Kendra Bell
Kendra Bell

I've been through so much in the past with men cheating, lying, beating me up and then leaving me with 4 kids and no help and I would NEVER NEVER NEVER hurt my children. Cheating is a deeply hurtful thing, but to harm or kill your child? There is no excuse. That isn't insanity. That's plain evil selfishness. No one said life was going to be a breeze. I think she needs to pay for her crime.

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

RIP, you lovely little soul. Over the course of this, blame will be thrown around and responsibility not taken. Sweet boy, please rest in peace.

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

No, she should be given to the paternal grandparents and the husband to torture for as long and as much as they see fit.

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

This is disgusting! I'm sure she was hurting.... Maybe she was temporarily insane.... But you never hurt your babies! I hope she rots painfully in a dark hole somewhere.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

This is SO SCREWED UP!! He didnt get to choose his freak parents..this is murder and this poor little boy was innocent! Our society is so screwed up and there is no justice..makes me sick! That sick murderer should have no rights!!

Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore

I'm sick of seeing this insanity plea be a cop out for people who can't handle the consequences of their own actions. Sad story all around

Wes Youknowme
Wes Youknowme

Being a father of two I couldnt even imagine doing something like this. Ive been seeing so many little lives lost lately in the news because of these sick bastards..I just cant wrap my head around what bribgs people to do these awful things. So so sad. She needs the death penalty if she was insane her whole life would have shown it..not just a moment in time. Temporary insanity is a bunch of bullshit

Chris Bastian
Chris Bastian

I don't care what you want to call it, reason by whatever, the outcome should be the same. Eye for an eye!

M Kathleen's Art
M Kathleen's Art

especially when he was shot 3 times while he was sleeping...2 in the chest and 1 in the head...she should spend the rest of her life in prison!!!

Kelli O'Mara
Kelli O'Mara

Since when are revenge & anger serious mental deficits or defects?

Roxy Tines
Roxy Tines

This is so sad. People have become so cold and just plain ugly. And, by all rights there is no one innocent here except the little boy that was shot unsuspectingly by his own MOTHER. The person he counted on to protect him upon coming into this world. Shame on the father for disrespecting his wife and his child by having an affair. No one deserves to be lied to and cheated on. But, I cannot imagine wanting to hurt your own child to get revenge. Stories like this make me disgusted that people can really be this cold and full of hate. Sad story about what kind of people exist in this world. And, then to plead insane like you had no idea what you were doing when you went through all the steps to accomplish killing your child and trying to kill yourself.

M Kathleen's Art
M Kathleen's Art

she needs to be locked up for life and learn to control her own emotions...and not blame others FOR HER ACTIONS!!!! RIP Asher!

dbdb
dbdb

@yawbusrocks  Yep, blame the man. Like always. I'm sure the court will do the same.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay  "Well, if she is insane enough to murder her own child she is insane enough to be locked up for life. "


But insanity doesn't always last a lifetime, it can be and often is temporary.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jim Kelly  ... Jesus would be proud of your vengeance.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker  ... you sound a bit mentally unbalanced yourself.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Laura Chrisler-Matheney  ... Praise Jesus!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wes Youknowme  ... because you're an expert in forensic psychiatry.



yawbusrocks
yawbusrocks

@dbdb @yawbusrocks  -Yes, that's exactly right. Blame Mike. That's why he is in jail charged with murder. You don't make any sense whatsoever. I am speculating that his past behavior MAY have contributed to the situation, but he certainly was not the one who took the life of a child he clearly adored.

yawbusrocks
yawbusrocks

Apparently I am that stupid. Oh well- missed that one.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @whateveryousay  You got me wrong there chief.  I'm not a literal bible kind of person.  If she is found sane then she is sane enough for life in prison.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay ... so now you're against Religious Freedom, eh?


Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.  

-- Exodus 21:15 


All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense. 
-- Leviticus 20:9 

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