LISBON - Anthony Carosiello, the brother-in-law of murder victim Holly Carosiello, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to three counts of tampering with evidence.
He faces up to nine years in prison. However, as part of a plea agreement requiring him to cooperate and testify truthfully in any and all court hearings involving Holly Carosiello's death, Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said she will ask for a two-year prison sentence.
Sentencing is not until Jan. 18. Anthony Carosiello, 26, Hillcrest Road, Wellsville, was served with a subpoena to appear before the grand jury following Wednesday's hearing.
Jones said the three counts were due to Anthony Carosiello's actions following the shooting death of Holly Carosiello. She was shot in the head outside the home of her estranged husband, Nick Carosiello, on Aug. 12, 2011.
According to Jones, Anthony Carosiello entered the home on Township Line Road that night, concealed and removed a handgun. Likewise on Aug. 13, while investigators continued to work on the case, Anthony Carosiello reportedly took a second handgun from the home along with a Walmart bag containing a large quantity of marijuana.
As part of the plea agreement, Jones said she will recommend a fourth charge of obstructing official business be dropped. The charge was for failing to tell detectives he had taken the pistols and marijuana from the home while they were investigating the murder. She also agreed to drop the firearm specifications.
Anthony Carosiello is the fourth person to plea to charges involving the night of Holly Carosiello's murder. No one has been charged with the murder at this time. However, at Jamie Adkins' sentencing hearing, his defense attorney, Kelly Linger, had accused Nick Carosiello as being the person who pulled the trigger while Adkins held her up to help her break into the house through a window.
Adkins, who was believed to have been the one who planned the burglary of Nick Carosiello's home, was sentenced to 10 years. Joshua Rudder, who drove the group committing the robbery, was sentenced to five years. Dustin Green, a co-conspirator in the robbery, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 15.