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Lamb denies latest residential burglary charge

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 1:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT
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Shane Lamb was charged with residential burglary and theft.

WOODSTOCK – Shane Lamb on Friday denied the latest allegations against him at a routine court appearance.

Lamb pleaded not guilty to residential burglary and theft charges before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

He is charged with residential burglary and theft over $500. He's accused of taking from a McHenry home a safe containing guns and valuables. McHenry Police have said the firearms never were recovered.

Lamb is no stranger to Prather. The judge presided over two first-degree murder trials in which he was the prosecution's key witness. In those, Mario Casciaro was found guilty for the disappearance and presumed death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick, who last was seen in 2002.

During the trial, Lamb testified that he punched Brian in a blow that likely killed the teen. Prosecutors have said Casciaro sent Lamb to talk to Carrick about a drug debt, and therefore was responsible for Lamb's actions, and Carrick's death.

Lamb received full immunity from murder charges for his testimony.

McHenry County State's Attorney Michael Combs, who prosecuted the Casciaro case and offered Lamb the immunity deal, has said the State's Attorney's office will seek the maximum sentence on Lamb's latest charges.

The most serious charge against him is punishable by between four and 15 years in prison.

He remains in custody on $150,000 bond. His next court date is June 3.

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