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Bond increased, no new judge for Shane Lamb

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Judge doubled the bond for Shane Lamb in lieu of new, harsher felonies prosecutors levied against him last week.

In addition to residential burglary and theft charges pending against Lamb stemming from an April break-in in McHenry, prosecutors filed an amended bill of indictment to include three Class X weapons charges.

Class X felonies carry a sentencing range between six and 30 years, but one charge – that of an armed habitual criminal – has a maximum sentence of 40 years.

In light of this, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on Thursday increased Lamb's bond to $300,000 from $150,000. He needs $30,000 to be released.

Lamb had been in custody of the McHenry County Jail since April 25, unable to post the earlier $15,000 bail.

"He's not going to be able to post $30,000 either," his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, said outside the courtroom. "It's a moot point."

Authorities believe Lamb broke into a McHenry condominium in April and stole a safe containing valuables and firearms. The weapons have not been recovered.

Also at Thursday's court appearance, Prather rejected Lamb's request for a new judge. In court filings, Lamb said he couldn't get a fair trial because the judge was prejudiced against him. Criminal defendants have 10 days to request such a substitution, and Lamb's deadline has passed, Prather said.

Prather presided over a first-degree murder trial of a missing Johnsburg teen in which Lamb was called as a state's witness. Mario Casciaro eventually was convicted of the crime and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Casciaro, Lamb and 17-year-old Brian Carrick all worked at Val's Foods in Johnsburg in 2002 when Carrick went missing. Lamb said he threw the punch that likely killed Carrick. Prosecutors offered Lamb immunity for his testimony against Casciaro, whom they said sent Lamb to collect on a drug debt from Carrick.

Lamb's next court date is Aug. 5.

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