WOODSTOCK – New charges carrying serious prison time were levied against Shane Lamb, a five-time felon accused of residential burglary, and the man believed to be closely involved with the death of a Johnsburg teen.
Prosecutors amended Lamb's bill of indictment to include charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, armed habitual criminal, and aggravated possession of a stolen firearm. Each charge is a Class X felony, punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
The charges were added to an earlier indictment, accusing him of residential burglary and theft over $500 for an April break-in at a McHenry condominium.
For that incident, Lamb's former friend John Farenzena says he returned from Las Vegas with his girlfriend to find his front door broken down and an 800-pound gun safe, valuables and 12 guns – many of them family heirlooms – missing from his home.
Though the guns have not been recovered, authorities believe that Lamb broke into the condo and stole the safe containing the guns, so he must have – at some point – been in possession of the guns, prosecutors said.
Lamb, on Friday, pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos also requested that his case appear before any judge other than McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, who presided over the trial that put Mario Casciaro in prison for 26 years. That matter will be decided at his next July 17 court date.
Lamb's case will be prosecuted by the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office rather than special prosecutors who were called in on Lamb's earlier case. Specifically, Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally will handle the current case. Kenneally helped convict Mario Casciaro of first-degree murder charges last year.
In that case, Lamb was offered immunity for his testimony that he threw the punch that likely killed 17-year-old Brian Carrick. Prosecutors successfully argued that Casciaro was guilty of murder because he sicced Lamb on Carrick to recover a drug debt.
Lamb has an extensive criminal history. At 14 years old, he was charged with attempted murder. His most recent prison stint was a six-year sentence on cocaine charges that were negotiated along with his immunity deal. He was out in three.
Most recently, he was sentenced to probation in September for a 2012 bar fight. That case was handled by a special prosecutor because Casciaro's was still pending.
Farenzena's girlfriend and father appeared in court Friday, seated close to Bill Carrick, the father of Brian, who went missing in 2002. Bill Carrick had little to say outside the courtroom Friday, other than he was pleased with the new charges. In the past, Carrick has worried about Lamb's violent past.
"By his own testimony, Shane was responsible for my son's death," Bill Carrick has said. "Shane is a violent person. … He's going to hurt somebody."
Lamb has been in custody sine April 24, unable to post $15,000 required for his release.