Witness from Carrick case arrested on residential burglary charge

Shane Lamb was charged with residential burglary and theft.
Shane Lamb was charged with residential burglary and theft.

WOODSTOCK – A former McHenry man with a lengthy criminal history, who has admitted he likely threw a punch that killed a missing Johnsburg teen, picked up new felony charges in McHenry County.

Shane M. Lamb, 29, who listed a Chicago address on a sworn affidavit, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for residential burglary and theft.

The arrest warrant was issued April 16, but police had some difficulty locating Lamb, who eventually was found in unincorporated McHenry. He was taken into custody without incident.

He remains in custody at the McHenry County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond, meaning he needs to post $15,000 to be released. The affidavit also said he was unemployed.

According to McHenry Deputy Police Chief John Birk, Lamb broke into a McHenry condominium about 2 a.m. April 12, and took a safe containing valuables, firearms and ammunition. The firearms and ammunition have not been recovered, Birk said.

No one was home at the time of the alleged burglary, but the homeowner reported to police that someone forced their way into the front door of the condo in the 4600 block of Northfox Lane.

Evidence collected at the scene pointed to Lamb, Birk said, but he declined to comment further given that police are still investigating.

Lamb was a state witness in the first-degree murder trials for Mario Casciaro. Lamb testified he likely threw the punch that is believed to have killed 17-year-old Brian Carrick. Carrick’s body never was found and he is presumed dead.

In exchange for his testimony, Lamb received full immunity from murder charges, and a reduced sentence on an unrelated drug offense.

Prosecutors have said that Casciaro in 2002 used Lamb as a “henchman” to intimidate Carrick into paying a drug debt.

After two trials, Casciaro, 30, was found guilty of murder and is currently serving a 26-year prison sentence in Menard Correctional Center. He has retained high-profile attorney Kathleen Zellner for his appeal.

Lamb has an extensive criminal history. He is a convicted felon who has made five trips to the Department of Corrections. At 14 years old, he was charged with attempted murder.

In September, Lamb was sentenced to probation for a 2012 bar fight. For that case, a special prosecutor was called in because the Casciaro case was still pending.

Lamb appeared in rights court on Friday morning on the most recent charge, and a judge told him that he faces anywhere from four to 15 years on the most serious charge against him. Lamb could be eligible for an extended term sentence of 15 to 30 years. He was appointed a public defender.

In a message to the Northwest Herald, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs, who also is chief of the criminal division, said he personally authorized the felony charges against Lamb.

Combs offered Lamb the immunity deal for his testimony, and prosecuted the Casciaro case.

“We intend on prosecuting Shane Lamb to the fullest extent of the law and we will be seeking the maximum sentence,” Combs said Friday.

Lamb’s next court date is April 29 before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather. Prather also presided over the Casciaro trials and accepted Lamb’s most recent plea deal stemming from the bar fight.

McHenry police are still investigating the burglary. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the McHenry Police Investigation Division at 815-363-2599, or anonymously at 815-363-2124.

The McHenry County Fugitive Apprehension Unit assisted with Lamb’s arrest.

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