Ill. man accused of killing 8 guilty in 2nd trial

By the Associated Press | November 6, 2012 | 5:33 PM EST

Nicholas Sheley is led into a courtroom in the sixth day in his murder trial at the Whiteside County Courthouse in Morrison, Ill., Monday Nov. 5, 2012 Sheley is accused of the 2008 fatal beating of 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling, Ill. (AP Photo/Quad-City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt, Pool)

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of killing eight people from two states in 2008 has been found guilty in his second trial.

The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports ( ) that a Whiteside County jury took less than three hours Tuesday to convict Nicholas Sheley in the June 2008 killing of 93-year-old Russell Reed in his Sterling home.

Prosecutors said Sheley was desperate for money to buy cocaine when he killed Reed.

Sheley is accused of killing Reed and seven other people in Illinois and Missouri in 2008. He was sentenced to life in prison last year in the death of 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg, and faces another life sentence in Reed's death.