GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois judge has denied a motion asking to reconsider life sentence for a man accused of killing eight people in two states.

The Register-Mail newspaper in Galesburg reports that Knox County Judge James Stewart declined to reconsider the sentence given last month to Nicholas Sheley.

Sheley was convicted earlier this year of beating Ronald Randall of Galesburg to death in June 2008 before taking his truck. Sheley has yet to be tried in the other seven killings. All of them happened in June 2008 in Illinois and Missouri.

The motion asking the judge to reconsider called the sentence excessive and cruel.

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