WOODSTOCK – The man who admitted throwing a punch that likely killed a missing Johnsburg teenager was sentenced to probation for battery charges he picked up in an unrelated bar fight.
Shane Lamb, 29, of Chicago was the state’s key witness in the first-degree murder trial of Mario Casciaro, who was found guilty in the presumed death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick. The teen’s body has never been found.
During the trial earlier this year, Lamb testified that he delivered the punch that is believed to have killed Carrick.
Lamb’s latest misdemeanor charges stem from a Nov. 4, 2012, fight at a McHenry bar. Illinois Appellate Prosecutor Charles Colburn said two buses on a pub crawl stopped at Rivers Edge Pub that night. Lamb exchanged words with two men on the crawl, and eventually struck them in the face and head.
According to the criminal complaint, Lamb struck the two men “repeatedly” with a closed fist and caused swelling and cuts to their faces.
Colburn was brought in to prosecute this case because the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office has a conflict of interest given that Lamb was a witness in the Casciaro case. Lamb was given immunity from murder charges for his testimony in that trial.
Lamb pleaded guilty Wednesday to the two Class A misdemeanors. His plea was accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, who also presided over the Casciaro murder trial. He could have been sentenced to up to a year in jail.
Lamb did not hire an attorney to represent him.
In addition to a year of conditional discharge, or nonreporting probation, Lamb was given 86 days in jail, but with enough credit for time he had served, he walked out of the McHenry County Courthouse after his appearance.
Lamb’s history of violence is well documented. He is a convicted felon who has been to prison five times and was charged with attempted murder at age 14. His latest prison stint was a six-year sentence, although he was out in three, on cocaine charges that were negotiated along with his immunity deal.
Prosecutors used his propensity for violence in the case against Casciaro, saying Casciaro used Lamb as a “henchman” to collect on a drug debt owed by Carrick.
Casciaro’s defense attorney, Brian Telander, criticized the special prosecutor’s decision to give Lamb probation.
“How can a guy get probation whose had five trips to the joint for violent crime and admitted, on the stand, under oath, that in all likelihood he killed Brian Carrick?” Telander asked.
“I want to take him to Vegas with me because he’s the luckiest guy I’ve ever seen.”
Carrick’s father, Bill Carrick, said Wednesday that he prays Lamb will change but fears he could harm others.
“Shane Lamb is the villain, there’s no question about that,” Bill Carrick said. “Shane Lamb is … a dangerous person. He’s going hurt somebody else. He’s given probation and out walking the street. He’s a loose cannon.”
Casciaro’s next court date is Sept. 24, when Prather is expected to rule on whether to grant him a new trial. If she rejects his request, a sentencing date likely will be set.