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.

This is developing – more details as they become available.

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