Nicholas T. Sheley beat 93-year-old Russell Reed to death before stuffing his body into the trunk of the victim's car, a Whiteside County jury decided this afternoon. The eight men and four women deliberated less than 3 hours before finding Sheley, 33, of Sterling, guilty of eight counts of first-degree murder and one count each of home invasion and residential burglary. The verdict was read about 3 p.m.

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