LISBON - Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam sentenced Jamie Adkins to 10 years in prison Thursday.
Adkins, 30, Dresden Avenue, East Liverpool, is the brother of Holly Cariosello, who was shot and killed as she and a group including Adkins attempted to break into her estranged husband's house.
More details about what may have happened that night became evident as Adkins, defense attorney Kelly Linger and Adkins' parents all made statements prior to sentencing.
Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble blamed Adkins as being the one who organized two groups of people planning to break into Nicholas Cariosello's home to steal both drugs and drug money on Aug. 12, 2011.
Two others involved that night, Josh Rudder and Dustin Green, have already pleaded to charges. Rudder was sentenced to five years in prison for being the driver that night. Green is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15.
Linger said her client and the others believed no one to be at home when they arrived with the intention of breaking into the house. During his statement, Adkins said telephone calls were made to make certain no one was there. Adkins' father, Ricky Moore, said the group was set up to walk into a trap.
"He never would have put his sister in danger," Linger said. "He lifted his sister up to the window and she was shot in the forehead by her estranged husband."
At this time, the estranged husband, Nicholas Cariosello, has not been charged with any involvement in the crime.
Sonia Reed, the mother of both Holly Cariosello and Jamie Adkins, read an emotional statement telling Adkins she does not blame him for his sister's death and knows he would never intentionally put her in danger. She thanked him for cooperating with investigators to help bring his sister's killer to justice and give her peace.
"Don't walk around with a heavy heart blaming yourself," Reed said. "Your sister still loves you."
Moore also said what has happened has turned the family upside down. He added Adkins will have to live with what happened every day.
"My whole life I struggled with drugs," Adkins said before his sentencing. "If there was any way I could have protected her, I would have."
Despite Adkins' lengthy criminal history, Linger asked Washam to consider running the sentences concurrently. She noted he has been cooperative with investigators and testified at the grand jury.
"He's paid a price far greater than anything the court can impose on him," Linger said. "He's lost his sister and nothing he can do can bring her back."
Washam accepted the prosecution's recommendations, sentencing Adkins to five years for involuntary manslaughter, four years for burglary and 12 months for conspiracy to commit burglary. The sentences are to run consecutively with credit for 185 days already served. He had faced a maximum of 24 years.