3 charged in death of Holly Carosiello

LISBON – Three of the people who were believed to be inside the house on Township Line Road the August 2011 night when Holly Carosiello was shot and killed have been taken into custody on charges on Thursday.

Her estranged husband, Nicholas J. Carosiello, 32, is facing three charges, including aggravated murder with a firearm specification.

Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone announced Thursday afternoon his deputies, the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department in Pittsburgh and the Chester, W.Va., Police Department had joined together to round up three people on charges related to the Holly Carosiello murder.

Nicholas Carosiello was taken into custody at his current home on Church Alley, Chester, W.Va. In addition to aggravated murder, he faces charges of tampering with evidence with a firearms specification and possession of drugs, both of which are third-degree felonies.

His live-in girlfriend, Martina L. Michael, 21, is charged with obstructing justice and complicity to tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies. She was located by authorities at the Pittsburgh International Airport, not attempting to escape, but at the place where she was employed.

Both Carosiello and Michael are in custody in the respective states where they were arrested. Each will have to make court appearances there before they can be extradited back to Ohio and formally served with the secret indictments, which were issued by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury earlier this week. The details surrounding their charges will be released once the indictments are served.

Richard L. Lewis, 60, Nicholas Carosiello’s stepfather, was taken into custody at his home on Township Line Road, the same home where the shooting incident had occurred. Lewis faces two counts of obstructing official business for allegedly giving false information to sheriff’s detectives Jeff Haugh and Andy Sweeney on both Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, 2011 right after the shooting occurred.

On the night of the shooting, it was reportedly Lewis who had called deputies to report a burglary and shooting at his home.

Through previous court proceedings it was learned Holly Carosiello, 22, and a group of others were allegedly 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, but until now, no one had been charged with pulling the trigger. Adkins is now serving 10 years.

Another man, Johnny P. Paroda, Jr., 22, of Green Lane, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty on July 8 to complicity to involuntary manslaughter, three counts 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 faces up to 28 years in prison if maximum sentences are given. He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 30 and is currently out of jail, but under electronically monitored house arrest.

Others involved 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 and 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, and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.