MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of killing eight people from two states in 2008 has received another life sentence.
Sheley was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 93-year-old Russell Reed. Jurors convicted Sheley in November. A judge also sentenced Sheley to 30 years for home invasion and 15 years for residential burglary. Sheley declined to give a statement in court. The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports that the judge also denied a request from Sheley’s defense attorney for a new trial in Reed’s killing.
Sheley already was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg. He faces a tentative June trial for the deaths of four people found in aRockFallsapartment.
Sheley also is charged with killing an Arkansas couple in Missouri.
In response to today's sentence, Attorney General Lisa Madigan made the following statement:
"Life in prison is the only appropriate sentence underIllinoislaw for these heinous crimes. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Reed, who sadly was one of many victims of Nicholas Sheley's senseless killing spree. Today's sentencing ensures that Nicholas Sheley will continue to pay for his actions for the remainder of his life."