Sikeston, MO man found guilty of first-degree murder in Jackson County, IL

Olando Terrel Sheron (Source: Carbondale Police Department)
Olando Terrel Sheron (Source: Carbondale Police Department)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – A Sikeston, Missouri man was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday after a jury trial in Jackson County, Illinois.

Olando T. Sheron, 27, was found guilty on Dec. 9 for the murder of Keon L. Cooper, 28, of Carbondale on Nov. 3, 2019.

Sheron faces a sentencing range of between 45 years to natural life in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of Keon L. Cooper, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez.

Carbondale police were dispatched to the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue on November 3, 2019 for a complaint of shots fired.

Keon L. Cooper, 28, of Carbondale, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators with the Carbondale Police Department identified the shooters as 21-year-old Tyren Johnson and 24-year-old Olando Sheron, both of Sikeston, according to the Jackson County State’s Attorney office.

The Carbondale Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Johnson and Sheron.

Tyren Johnson was arrested on the Illinois warrant by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety on Nov. 7, 2019. His warrant has a $2 million bond. He remains in the Jackson County Jail awaiting trial.

Olando Sheron ran and led law enforcement on a nearly two-year long manhunt, according to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office.

The U.S. Marshals Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles, Calif., made up of officers from the California Department of Corrections, along with the Gardena Police Department, Torrance Police Department, and Long Beach Police Department assisted in the investigation to locate Sheron.

After a car chase on October 21, 2021 that led law enforcement across multiple jurisdictions, Sheron was arrested in Gardena, California.

He was taken to the Los Angeles County Jail and then brought to Illinois.

Sheron will be held in the Jackson County Jail without bond until his sentencing hearing which will be scheduled in early 2023.

The investigation was led by the Carbondale Police Department and assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Southern Illinois University Department of Public Safety, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshals Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles, Calif., the California Department of Corrections, the Gardena Police Department, the Torrance Police Department, and the Long Beach Police Department, among others.

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