Man sentenced to 26 years for 2002 murder of teen

A man convicted of hiring someone to kill a teenaged co-worker over a drug debt was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison.

Mario Casciaro was convicted last Spring in the murder of 17-year-old Brian Carrick in 2002.

It took prosecutors three trials to get a conviction.

Casciaro was acquitted after being accused of lying about what happened to Carrick’s body in 2007.   Last year, his first murder trial ended with a hung jury.

A witness admitted to striking Carrick who hit the ground and was knocked unconscious.

Prosecutors said Casciaro then disposed of Carrick’s body, which was never found.

Casciaro is appealing his conviction and his family has hired high-profile attorney Kathleen Zellner to handle the case.

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