Murder Charges Filed Seven Years after Brian Carrick’s Johnsburg Disappearance

Over seven years after Brian Carrick disappeared from his job at the Johnsburg grocery store across from his home, charges have been filed against Mario Casciaro.

The investigation included the FBI, Federal Marshal’s Service, the Johnsburg Police Department and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

State’s Attorney’s Office Files Charges in Eight Year Old Carrick Cold Case

Lou Bianchi

Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, reports that on February 25, 2010, the Grand Jury returned a six-count Bill of Indictment against Defendant Mario Casciaro, charging him with First Degree Murder (five counts) and Concealment of a Homicidal Death.

The Indictment alleges that on or about December 20, 2002, Mario Casciaro, or one whose conduct he is legally accountable for, while committing the forcible felony offenses of Intimidation, Unlawful Restraint, and Mob Action, struck Brian Carrick in the head and thereby caused his death.

The Indictment further alleges that Mario Casciaro concealed the death of Brian Carrick with knowledge that Carrick died by homicidal means.

The offense of First Degree Murder carries a fixed term sentencing range of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with no day for day / good time credit to apply.

The offense of Concealment of a Homicidal Death is a Class 3 Felony which carries a sentencing range of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  By statute, the penalty for this offense must be imposed separately and in addition to the penalty for First Degree Murder.

Defendant Mario Casciaro was apprehended in Fox Lake, IL on February 26, 2010 at approximately 4:30 p.m. by the Johnsburg Police Department. He is being held on a $5 million dollar bond.

The above-referenced charges resulted from the joint and collective investigatory efforts of the FBI (Casey J. Solana, Acting Supervisor for the Rockford office and Special Agent Randy L. Sealby), the Johnsburg Police Department (Chief Rydberg and Detective Keith VonAllmen), the U.S. Marshal’s Service – Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office (Ron Salgado, Chief of Investigations).

The length of the investigation totaled more than seven years.

The charges against the defendant are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


Murder Charges Filed Seven Years after Brian Carrick’s Johnsburg Disappearance — 7 Comments

  1. “a $5 million dollar bond”

    So, is that $500,000 upfront and $4.5 m collateral?

    If the bond is that high, does that mean the evidence is excellent? If it’s excellent, why is there ANY bond? (Yes, I know there is a presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.)

    How does one put a price on the suffering of the victim’s family?

    I guess I will never understand the logic for determining a bond.

    Is it some carnival spinning wheel with numbers all around?

  2. I love that in America we can be convicted on the words of a felon/junkie….. god bless america.

  3. The man has not been convicted yet, simply arrested and charged. God bless America, indeed. And God bless the special agents and policemen who put their lives in jeopardy everyday to protect us all.

  4. I’ve read that he dismembered his body and it was thrown into a river in Iowa.

    We actually own some land in the area that a boat was abandoned on and our neighbor said that one of the people involved in this case came to his door asking about his boat. The neighbor of ours knew these people and so we called the police and they came and got the boat right away with a big tow truck. I couldn’t believe how quick they came and the police never left site of it. I wonder if that deck boat was part of this horrible crime.

  5. I worked at Vals with both Brian and Mario for about a year or so. I think Mario was like 18 and Brian was probably about 17 at the time. Those kids were good friends, I saw them everyday and it was apparent by how they worked together there was no ill will between them. I am certain that whatever happended to Brian that day resulted from an accident/I will never believe that he was intentionally murdered by his good friend. If the “accidential death” of Brian had been reported initially another persons life may have been spared. This being Mario, who now faces prison time. I cannot believe that 18 year old Mario would have had the means or the wherewith to cover up the death of Brian. I believe he was instructed to do so by an older member of his family. This is my thought, and it is sad that two young men have lost so much over this.

  6. I have always been intrigued by this case since it is local & have followed it through the media. From all the different articles I have read and pieced together, the prosecutors star witness in this case is someone who is already sitting in jail on unrelated charges & he is giving his testimony for a reduction in his sentence.

    Now, whether Casciaro is guilty or not remains to be seen & that is for a jury to decide.

    I just find it disturbing that the main witness is a criminal who is getting a reduced sentence for his cooperation.

    Ask ANY criminal for testimony & they will tell you ANYTHING you want to hear if it means a reduced sentence for them…GUARANTEED.

  7. You need criminals to help catch other more threatening criminals. No they aren’t always trustworthy(obviously) but that’s why they are offered deals. I doubt they’d want to lie because that adds perjury on top of whatever else they were already in for. When is the court date? Isn’t it this summer?

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