O'Connor sentences #Sheley to four consecutive life terms without parole. They will run consecutively to his other sentences

MORRISON, Ill. — Nicholas Sheley, serving life sentences for two killings in Illinois, was sentenced today to four consecutive life terms without parole for the deaths of four others.

The sentencing hearing took place this morning Whiteside County Court. He was convicted in May of murder for fatally beating three people and a 2-year-old with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment.

The terms will run consecutively to his other sentences.

The killings were part of a series of crimes authorities say Sheley committed in the summer of 2008, stretching from his hometown of Sterling, Illinois, south to St. Louis.

Sheley already is serving life sentences for the deaths of two Illinois men that June. He is due to be tried next in Missouri for the deaths of an Arkansas couple.