Nicholas Sheley



A man already serving life sentences for six killings in Illinois pitched his case Monday for moving his Missouri double-slaying trial.  


The man serving life sentences for killing six people in Illinois is trying to change the location of his upcoming Missouri murder trial.

Nicholas Sheley says he cannot get a fair trial in Jefferson County, south of St. Louis.

Prosecutors there intend to seek the death penalty if he’s convicted for both murders.

Sheley was charged with killing a married couple from Arkansas visiting the St. Louis area in 2008. Sheley was scheduled to make his first Missouri court appearance earlier this week, but it was postponed after the judge stepped down at Sheley’s request.

A Sterling man was sentenced to four life sentences today: that’s on top of the two life sentences he is already serving. 

Convicted murderer Nicholas Sheley has received his second life sentence. Sheley was sentenced Wednesday to natural life in prison without parole for the 2008 murder of 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling.

Sheley Asks Judge To Dismiss Murder Case

Sep 12, 2012

Nicholas Sheley says his right to a speedy trial has been violated in his Whiteside County case. Sheley was arrested in 2008 following a killing spree in Illinois and Missouri.

A delay will be requested for the upcoming murder trial of convicted killer Nicholas T. Sheley of Sterling.

Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin, of Galesburg, will ask Rock Island Circuit Judge F. Michael Meersman, at a hearing Friday for the fourth delay in Sheley’s first Whiteside County murder trial.

The case, scheduled to go to trial Sept. 10, also would be the first test of active news media presence in a Whiteside County court under the cameras-in-the-courtroom initiative of the Illinois Supreme Court.

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The 17th Judicial Circuit, comprising Winnebago and Boone Counties in northern Illinois, will be the next courts to permit news media cameras and recording devices during trials.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced the action Saturday during an address to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Macomb. He said the order will be issued today.

A Sterling man accused of killing eight people in two states in 2008 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.  Nicholas Sheley was sentenced today for the murder of 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg.