LISBON - Martina L. Michael pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday afternoon to two counts of obstructing justice and three counts of complicity to tampering with evidence.
Michael, 21, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, is the then-girlfriend of Nicholas Carosiello, the man accused of shooting his estranged wife, Holly Carosiello, in the head while she and others were in the process of breaking into his father's home on Township Line Road outside of Wellsville in August 2011.
Part of Michael's plea agreement, according to Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones, is her cooperation if needed during Nicholas Carosiello's jury trial, which is currently scheduled for early July. He is charged with aggravated murder.
Jones told Judge C. Ashley Pike that Michael gave false information to deputies attempting to investigate Holly Carosiello's murder both the night it happened and on two other occasions. Additionally, Michael is believed to have assisted Nicholas and Tony Carosiello of disposing of a weapon and marijuana in the home around the time of the shooting.
The softspoken Michael - who could barely be heard when speaking with the judge - agreed on Monday to plead guilty to the charges.
Jones said she will ask for a term of two years in prison for the charges at the sentencing hearing, which is set for July 14. Each charge could carry a possible maximum sentence of three years for a total of 15 years.
Michael's attorney, Damian A. Billak of Canfield, requested a recognizance bond on her behalf until the sentencing hearing. Pike granted the request, but gave her the conditions she stay at her father's home on Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, she abide by an 8 p.m. curfew and she not leave the state.
Michael was taken into custody on a secret indictment for the charges while living in Chester, W.Va., and was returned to Ohio to face the charges. She agreed to the bond conditions.
Pike did not insist on electronically monitored house arrest as was requested by Jones. However, he did warn Michael against running away before sentencing, noting it would mean a possible additional charge.