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County’s bill $92K so far; more expenses are expected

More expenses are expected to be added before the total is finalized

MORRISON – The numbers aren’t final yet, but Whiteside County spent at least $92,000 to put on Nicholas Sheley’s third Illinois murder trial.

County Administrator Joel Horn predicted that, once all expenses are figured, the total will hover around $100,000.

Sheley’s first Whiteside County trial, for the murder of Russell Reed, 93, cost the county $85,193.70 – about $115,000 less than what was originally expected, Horn said at the time.

Reed was the first of at least six people Sheley killed during what prosecutors have called a weeklong drug- and alcohol-fueled killing spree in the summer of 2008.

Sheley has since been convicted of the murders of Ronald Randall, 65, of Galesburg; Brock Branson, 29; his fiancée, Kilynna Blake, 20; her 2-year-old son, Dayan; and Kenneth Ulve, 25.

He still stands to be tried in one more case related to the spree: the murders of Arkansas couple Tom and Jill Estes, both 54, which happened in Festus, Missouri.

A sentencing hearing for the murders of Branson, the Blakes, and Ulve is set for Aug. 11 in Morrison. Horn said he expects expense figures to be finalized after that concludes.

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