January , 2019

Email This Post Email This Post

Statement from prosecution on sentencing of Sheley


Chicago, IL ─  Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Knox County State’s Attorney John Pepmeyer issued statements following Judge James Stewart’s sentencing Nicholas Sheley to natural life in prison for the June 28, 2008 murder of Ronald Randall, 65, of Galesburg. Judge Stewart also imposed a 30-year sentence for Sheley’s conviction for aggravated vehicular hijacking and a sentence of seven years for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In September, a Knox County jury found Sheley guilty of the three charges.

In response to the sentence, Attorney General Madigan made the following statement:

“Life in prison is the only appropriate sentence under Illinois law for this heinous crime committed by Nicholas Sheley. The terror and grief he caused for Mr. Randall’s family and the entire Galesburg community will take a lifetime to heal. Today’s sentencing ensures that Nicholas Sheley will pay for what he did for the remainder of his life.”

Knox County State’s Attorney Pepmeyer added:

“This prosecution was an outstanding example of total team effort. All police agencies and lab personnel in all jurisdictions contributed to the successful outcome obtained today. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Attorney General Madigan and her outstanding assistants who were invaluable in this prosecution. Finally, today was the Randall family’s day. They expressed heartfelt sentiments, suffering and emotion relative to the senseless loss of their loved one.”

State’s Attorney Pepmeyer requested the assistance of Attorney General Madigan’s office in prosecuting Sheley. Working with State’s Attorney Pepmeyer, Assistant Attorneys General Michael Atterberry, Bill Elward, Steven Nate and Stephen Plazibat handled the case for Madigan’s Criminal Enforcement Division.

Sheley remains incarcerated by the Illinois Department of Corrections awaiting the start of his trial in Whiteside County next year for the murders of five people in June 2008 in the spree that preceded his killing of Randall.

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

Recent Posts