Nicholas Troy Sheley

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Nicholas Troy Sheley
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Born (1979-07-31)July 31, 1979
Rock Falls, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Unknown
Criminal status

Nicholas Troy Sheley (born July 31, 1979[1]) is an American serial killer. He is serving life in prison for six murders and is accused of two more in Missouri. He was arrested on July 1, 2008 in Granite City, Illinois. A $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Federal authorities charged him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.[2]

Sheley, of Rock Falls, Illinois, had been arrested frequently since adolescence for crimes ranging from marijuana possession to domestic battery.[3] He and his ex-wife Holly married on May 10, 2008. The couple had been dating since 2004. They divorced in December 2013. [4]

The day of his arrest, Sheley was seen at a St. Louis Cardinals game, where he asked to use a tailgater's cell phone. Sheley also requested that the man delete the phone numbers. However, police were able to trace the call back to a drug house in the Kirkwood area. This, coupled with statements from witnesses, led directly to Sheley's arrest.[5]

Sheley was convicted of the 1st Degree Murder of 65 year old Ronald Randall in Knox County, Illinois on September 29, 2011. His trial for the June 2008 murder of 93 year old Russell Reed began in Whiteside County, Illinois on October 22, 2012. He was found guilty on November 6 of 1st Degree Murder, Home Invasion, and Residential Burglary, and was sentenced on January 16, 2013 to life imprisonment for the murder, as well as 30 years for home invasion and 15 years for residential burglary.[6] He is an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center just outside Joliet, Illinois.

Sheley was found guilty of first degree murder in Rock Island County court on May 29th, 2014 in the deaths of Brock Branson, Kevin Ulve, and Kilynna and Dayan Blake. Sentencing is scheduled for August 11th, 2014. [7] His wife, Holly, testified against him in exchange for immunity. Prosecutors have said that Sheley killed the four in Rock Falls because he upset with Branson because he was having an affair with Holly Sheley.

Deaths Nick Sheley is accused of[edit]

  • Jill Estes, 54
  • Tom Estes, 54

Deaths Nick Sheley has been convicted of[edit]

•Ronald Randall, 65

•Russell Reed, 93

•Dayan Blake, 2

•Kilynna Blake, 20

•Kenneth Ulve, 25

•Brock Branson, 29



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