WOODSTOCK – The father of a presumed dead Johnsburg teen sat in the front row of the courtroom where last year he watched the trial that convicted the man prosecutors said was responsible for his son's death.
Bill Carrick attended Tuesday's routine court appearance for Shane Lamb, the man who likely delivered the fatal blow to 17-year-old Brian Carrick. Lamb was arrested in April on residential burglary and theft charges.
Lamb previously was offered full immunity from murder charges for his testimony against 30-year-old Mario Casciaro. A jury found Casciaro guilty of first-degree murder, and he's serving a 26-year prison sentence while his case is pending an appeal.
"By his own testimony, Shane was responsible for my son's death," Bill Carrick said Tuesday outside Judge Sharon Prather's courtroom. "Shane is a violent person. … He's going to hurt somebody. I'm sure Shane didn't mean to kill [Brian], but he did."
For the latest charge, Lamb is accused of breaking into a McHenry condominium in April and stealing a safe containing guns and other valuable items, authorities said.
Tuesday was a standard court appearance, but Carrick said he plans on attending as many court dates as possible. Seated next to him – coincidentally – was John Farenzena.
Farenzena said he's offering a $5,000 reward for others he believes were involved in the alleged crime. There's no way Lamb acted alone, he said, to lift an 800-pound gun safe down a flight of stairs.
McHenry police have made no other arrests, and were unavailable for comment.
Despite Lamb's criminal background, he and Farenzena were friends, he said. In addition to the highly publicized Casciaro case, Lamb has at least five prior convictions behind him, including one for attempted murder as a juvenile.
Farenzena said he routinely stood up for Lamb – whom he's known since middle school, and hoped he could get him on the right track.
"I was never anything but good to you, I always stuck up for you, and this is how you repay me?" Farenzena said.
Police have said they did not recover the guns. Farenzena said there were 12, some of them family heirlooms.
"I feel wracked with guilt by the fact that all my guns are out there in who knows whose hands," he said.
Lamb has denied the latest charge against him. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, had no comment after court Tuesday.