WOODSTOCK (AP) — A 26-year prison sentence was handed a man convicted of murdering a 17-year-old suburban Chicago teenager who disappeared in 2002.
Mario Casciaro was found guilty in April of first-degree murder in the death of Brian Carrick.
The Johnsburg teen disappeared from his job at a grocery. A body was ever found, but police said they found traces of his blood inside the store.
During the trial, defense attorneys argued the only evidence against Casciaro was given by a man with a felony record who was given immunity from charges in Carrick's disappearance. Prosecutors said during the trial that Casciaro's friends and his own words tied him to the disappearance and presumed death of the teenager.
In sentencing Casciaro, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather said the murder "destroyed two good families."