LISBON - A man involved in the attempted burglary that claimed the life of Holly Carosiello in 2011 was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.
County Common Pleas Judge Scott Washam sentenced Dustin R. Green, 21, May Street, East Liverpool, on charges of complicity to burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, after hearing from Green and his attorney, Charlie Kidder. The six-year sentence was based on the recommendation by county Prosecutor Robert Herron.
Green's former employer and his Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sponsor also spoke on his behalf, urging a lesser sentence, but Washam said six years was fair based on the seriousness of the crime.
Prior to the sentencing Green said he knows he should be held accountable for the crime but also hoped for a lesser sentence since he is "trying to get his life right."
He also apologized to the Carosiello family, who was represented by Sonia Reed, Holly's mother.
"I just want to say I'm sorry to Holly's mom and her family and friends," he said.
Reed's son, Jamie Adkins, 30, Dresden Avenue, East Liverpool, was already sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement the night of the Holly's death. He was charged in October with involuntary manslaughter, burglary and complicity to burglary.
Kidder argued during the hearing that Green should receive a lesser sentence since his involvement was "significantly different" than the others, specifically, Adkins.
Adkins was the one who reportedly hoisted 22-year-old Holly Carosiello up to a bedroom window of the Township Line Road home of her estranged husband Nick Carosiello on Aug. 12, 2011. It was during this maneuver that she was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.
Kidder said Green was at the back of the home, not near the window.
Although no charges have been filed yet as to who fired the fatal shot, Herron said Nick Carosiello was aware of the group's intentions and was inside waiting for them.
"Nick was ticked off when he learned they were waiting to steal from, him and he was waiting for them that night. Nick shot his estranged wife in the head causing her death," he said.
He added that it came out "during talks" that the group was intending to break into the home to steal between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of marijuana and drug money belonging to Nick Carosiello.
According to court documents, Green and Adkins were with Joshua Rudder, Jordan Gainer, Raymont Bryant and Holly Carosiello the night of the her death.
Rudder, 21, last known address St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to five years in prison in October for complicity to burglary.
Herron argued for the six-year sentence for Green based on the fact that he was involved in the crime while out on intervention in lieu of conviction for a burglary in 2009.
He added that when brought in for that crime he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana.
"He was given the chance (to do the right thing) but chose to do drugs and" commit burglary "Our recommendation is a reasonable sentence," he said.
Green's former employer, Robert Tellish, and AA sponsor Karl Marshall argued Green's poor decisions have been a result of his less than pleasant upbringing.
"He was just a very messed up kid and a product of his environment," Marshall said.
Tellish said Green was a good employee at his company and that he would hire him again.
"I think he's made an effort to turn his life around, and I'm willing to put him back on the job," he said.
Washam told Green that he believes their testimony of his efforts was true but the 6 year sentence is still necessary.
The sentence for complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony, and conspiracy to commit burglary, a third-degree felony, will run consecutive to the 12-month sentence he is currently serving for the 2009 conviction.
A fourth man, Anthony Carosiello, the brother-in-law of Holly Carosiello, faces sentencing on Jan. 18, 2013. The 26-year-old from Wellsville faces up to nine years in prison for three counts of tampering with evidence, although Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones has said she will ask for a two-year prison sentence at that time.