Carosiello extradited to face charges

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. – Nicholas J. Carosiello, 32, charged with aggravated murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of his estranged wife, Holly Carosiello, was extradited Thursday to Columbiana County.

According to media accounts, deputies with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office were on hand in Hancock County Circuit Court to transport Nicholas Carosiello back to Ohio where, in addition to aggravated murder with a firearm specification, he faces charges of tampering with evidence with a firearm specification and possession of drugs, both third-degree felonies.

It was one week ago today when Nicholas Carosiello was taken into custody at his current home on Church Alley, Chester, W.Va.. Also taken into custody that day were his live-in girlfriend, Martina L. Michael, 21, and his stepfather, Richard L. Lewis, 60.

Michael was located at the Pittsburgh International Airport, where she works, while Lewis was taken into custody at his home on Township Line Road.

Michael was charged with obstructing justice and complicity to tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies. Lewis faces two counts of obstructing official business for allegedly giving false information to sheriff’s detectives.

Once back in Columbiana County, Nicholas Carosiello will be formally served with the secret indictments, which were issued by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury last week.

Michael was in the custody of Pennsylvania authorities following her arrest last week, and will need to make a court appearance there before she can be extradited back to Ohio.

On Aug. 12, 2011, Holly Carosiello and a group of others were allegedly in the process of breaking into her estranged husband’s home, looking for drugs and money. When she was lifted to a bedroom window, she was shot and killed.

Five others involved in the incident are either currently serving time in prison or are awaiting sentencing.