Man accused of 2002 Johnsburg murder freed from prison

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Closing arguments to commence in Casciaro murder retrial

MENARD, Ill. — A man has been freed from prison after an appellate court overturned his murder conviction in the case of a missing northern Illinois teenager.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports that relatives greeted Mario Casciaro Wednesday as he walked out of Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois.

Casciaro and the teen both worked at a Johnsburg grocery store. Prosecutors say Casciaro persuaded a third co-worker to confront 17-year-old Brian Carrick over a drug deal debt in 2002.

The other co-worker, Shane Lamb, testified at trial that he punched Carrick, sending the teen falling to the ground unconscious. Carrick’s body was never found.

Lamb later recanted, saying he made up the story after prosecutors offered him immunity from a murder charge.

Prosecutors plan to challenge the appellate ruling at the Illinois Supreme Court.