LISBON - Agreeing in his plea deal to cooperate with the prosecutor's office in any additional cases involving the death of his sister, Jamie Adkins pleaded guilty Monday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to three charges, including involuntary manslaughter.
Adkins, 30, Dresden Road, East Liverpool, could face up to 22 years in prison, but Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble said he will ask Judge Scott Washam to impose at 10-year prison sentence at the upcoming hearing on Oct. 18.
"He has already provided to us a certain level of cooperation," Gamble said of Adkins. "We would expect that to continue."
In the plea agreement, Adkins agreed to testify truthfully in any additional cases which may arise from the death of Holly Carosiello.
Adkins' sister, Carosiello was with him on Aug. 12, 2011, the night he and others reportedly went to the Township Line Road, Wellsville, home of Nick Carosiello with the intention of committing a burglary.
According to the charges against Adkins, he planned with Joshua Rudder, Dustin Green, Jordan Gainer, Raymont Bryant and Holly Carosiello to break into the home of Carosiello's estranged husband. Adkins reportedly solicited the others to be involved in the burglary, making several phone calls and even driving out to the location ahead of time.
Court documents state there were four people in the home when they approached, Nick Carosiello, Richard Lewis, Patricia Lewis and Martina Michael. The group attempted to get into the home by using a bedroom window with the purpose of stealing items from the home.
Holly Carosiello, 22, was found dead of a gunshot wound behind the home that night. No one has been charged with pulling the trigger.
Besides involuntary manslaughter, Adkins pleaded guilty to burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. A complicity to burglary charge will be dismissed at sentencing.
Rudder, 21, last known address St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, has already pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary. Sentencing is set for Sept. 28. He was reportedly the driver the night of the burglary.
Green remains charged with conspiracy to burglary and complicity to burglary. His case is set for a jury trial in September.
Additionally, Anthony Carosiello is charged with obstructing official business with a firearms specification and three counts of tampering with evidence. He is scheduled for trial in October. He is Nick Carosiello's brother.
At this point, those are the only indictments involving Holly Carosiello's death, but Gamble indicated there may be more people who were also responsible, but prosecutors are proceeding carefully. No charges have been filed against Gainer, Bryant or the four people in the home that night.
Gamble credited Jamie Adkins' and Holly Carosiello's mother with participating in helping to bring the case against Adkins to a close. She was in the courtroom on Monday.
In May a plea hearing had been scheduled, but Adkins changed his mind and it was canceled. Since then, Adkins' initial public defender asked to withdraw as counsel. Another public defender, Kelly Linger was with Adkins when he pleaded Monday.
"Attorney Linger was able to communicate with her client," Gamble said. "I think he came to understand we had made our best and last offer."