Sheley Letter said He Would Plead Guilty to Murder

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MORRISON, Ill. (AP) -- A witness in the trial of a man accused of killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri says the suspect wrote in a letter that he intended to plead guilty to charges he killed an elderly Illinois farmer.

Nicholas Sheley is charged with murder in the 2008 slaying, and his brother, Joshua, had been charged as an accessory.

Joshua Sheley's former attorney, Janet Buttron, testified Friday that Nicholas Sheley wrote to her in 2009 to say that his brother was not involved and that he intended to plead guilty.

The Daily Gazette reports that Nicholas Sheley's lawyer argues he didn't mean what he wrote and that the letter was simply intended to get his brother out of trouble.

Joshua Sheley was acquitted in December 2009.


Information from: The Daily Gazette,