Nicholas Troy Sheley

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

Nicholas Troy Sheley (born July 31, 1979[1]) is an American spree 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]

Early life[edit]

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 later divorced in December 2013 after his arrest.[4]

Arrest and legal proceedings[edit]

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 first-degree murder of 65-year-old Ronald Randall in Knox County, Illinois on September 29, 2011. His trial for the murder of 93-year-old Russell Reed began in Whiteside County, Illinois on October 22, 2012. He was found guilty on November 6 of charges of first-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 also found guilty of first-degree murder in a Rock Island County court on May 29, 2014, for the deaths of Brock Branson, Branson's fiancée Kilynna Blake, Blake's son Dayan, and Kevin Ulve. He was sentenced on August 11, 2014. [7] His wife, Holly, testified against him in exchange for immunity. Prosecutors have said that Sheley killed the four victims in Rock Falls after finding out that Branson was having an affair with Holly Sheley.



  • Ronald Randall, 65
  • Russell Reed, 93
  • Brock Branson, 29
  • Kilynna Blake, 20
  • Dayan Blake, 2
  • Kenneth Ulve, 25


  • Jill Estes, 54
  • Tom Estes, 54[8]


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