Editor's note: This was voted the No. 5 story of 2013 by the Morning Journal news staff.
LISBON - Nearly two years after the 2011 shooting death of Holly Carosiello, her estranged husband Nicholas J. Carosiello was charged in July with aggravated murder.
Over the past two years, the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office detectives who investigated the case since Aug. 12, 2011, along with the County Prosecutor's Office have brought numerous charges against many of the people involved. But until July of this year, no one had been charged with actually pulling the trigger.
There were people breaking into the home on Township Line Road owned by Richard Lewis and the residence of Nicholas Carosiello that night. At some point during the alleged break-in the shooting death of Holly Carosiello occurred. Following the death, several people were reportedly involved in the subsequent disappearance of drugs and weapons, which hampered investigators.
First prosecutors filed charges against the group believed to be involved with breaking into the house. Through those court proceedings it was learned Holly Carosiello, 22, and a group of others were in the process of breaking into her estranged husband's home, looking for drugs and money on Aug. 12, 2011. When she was lifted to a bedroom window by her brother, Jamie Adkins, she was shot and killed.
Adkins, 30, Dresden Road, East Liverpool, eventually pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, burglary and complicity to burglary. Adkins is now serving 10 years.
Another man, Johnny P. Paroda Jr., 22, of Green Lane, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty on July 8, 2013 to complicity to involuntary manslaughter, three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of obstructing official business. According to prosecutors he acted as a go between, assisting the burglars, yet telling the residents of the home the burglary was going to occur. Paroda was sentenced to nine years in prison in August.
Others involved also are already serving time for their parts in the crime -Dustin Green, 22, May Street, East Liverpool, received six years for complicity to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary; Joshua Rudder, 22, St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, who drove the group to the burglary, was sentenced to five years; Nick Carosiello's brother, Anthony Carosiello, 26, Francis Drive, Wellsville, who removed evidence from the scene which hampered the investigation, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
Still others have charges pending. Besides Nicholas Carosiello, 32, Chester, W.Va., who is scheduled in April for a jury trial on charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and drug possession, two others have charges pending.
Nick Carosiello's current girlfriend, Martina L. Michael, 21, also of Chester, is charged with obstructing a police business and helping tamper with evidence. A status conference is scheduled for her on Jan. 10.
Nick Carosiello's stepfather, Richard Lewis, Township Line Road, Wellsville, is charged with obstructing official business for allegedly lying to investigators. A jury trial is scheduled for him on Jan. 13.