Convicted murderer Mario Casciaro is serving a 26-year sentence for a crime he says he didn’t commit. He was found guilty of killing 17-year-old Brian Carrick. Casciaro and Carrick knew each other from work. Both worked as stock boys at Val’s Foods, a grocery store in Johnsburg, Illinois co-owned by Casciaro’s father. Carrick disappeared in 2002. He was last seen at the grocery store. His body has never been found.
Casciaro became a suspect eight years after Carrick’s disappearance when a former co-worker, Shane Lamb, a five-time convicted felon (including an attempted murder charge), told prosecutors that “the night Brian Carrick was last seen, Mario Casciaro had asked Lamb to come to the store to scare Carrick into paying back drug debts he owed.” Lamb said he punched Carrick “a few times” and said Casciaro told him “to leave and that he would take care of Carrick.” Casciaro is serving his sentence at Menard Correctional Center, Illinois’ maximum security prison. The Casciaro family is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who has information that can lead to Mario’s release. Mario is telling his side of the story on ABC’s 20/20, Saturday, March 7, 8pm on ABC.