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|FIRST ON WGIL: Sheley Says "I'd Like To Change My Plea To Guilty"
|FIRST REPORTED 11:00am 9/29/09 Accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley confirmed something in Knox County Circuit Court Tuesday morning that a letter which has reportedly been circulating in Whiteside County seemed to already indicate.
Sheley was in court for a hearing on a defense motion to dismiss 16 of the 17 counts against him in connection to the death of 65-year old Ronald Randall last year.
But Sheley told Judge James Stewart at the beginning of that hearing, "Your honor, I'd like to change my plea to guilty."
Stewart asked defense attorney John Hanlon if his side wished to discuss that with their client now or later. Hanlon said later.
Stewart later ordered the defense to do so within 30 days, and said it could be taken up either at hearings scheduled for October 14th or, more likely, November 6th.
Stewart said he wanted to see proof filed that the attorneys had such a discussion with Sheley, which must also indicate whether Sheley wants to make the plea against of counsel, and if there are any objections to such a plea.
This comes a week after the Sterling Daily Gazette reported that a letter has been admitted into evidence in the Whiteside County case of Nicholas Sheley's brother Joshua, accused of concealing one of the deaths Nicholas Sheley is charged with there.
Nicholas Sheley said in that letter he wanted to plead guilty to the death there of 93-year old Russell Reed of Sterling because he knew exactly what happened.
Also Tuesday, Stewart denied the defense request to dismiss those 16 counts which include murder, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated vehicular hijacking.
(Nicholas Sheley is led out of the Knox County Courthouse last week after being found guilty in a jailhouse assault case. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson. File Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
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