Sikeston Man Found Guilty of 2019 Murder of Carbondale Man

Sikeston Man Found Guilty of 2019 Murder of Carbondale Man

MUPHYSBORO – After a weeklong jury trial, a Sikeston, Missouri man was found guilty Friday in Jackson County Court in Murphysboro of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Keon L. Cooper of Carbondale in November 2019.

According to Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez, 27-year-old Olando T. Sheron faces a sentencing range of between 45 years to natural life in the Illinois Department of Corrections for Cooper’s murder. Sheron will be held in the Jackson County Jail without bond until his sentencing hearing that will be scheduled early next year.

Carbondale Police were sent to the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue for a complaint of shots fired on Nov. 3, 2019. An ambulance took Cooper to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

In hours, Carbondale Police investigators identified the shooters as Sheron and 21-year-old Tyren Johnson, also of Sikeston. Police obtained arrest warrants for both men.

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

Sheron, however, fled and led law enforcement on a nearly two-year long manhunt. He was eventually found and arrested on Oct. 26 of last year in Gardena, California after a dangerous car chase the led law enforcement across multiple jurisdictions. Sheron was taken to the Los Angeles County Jail. He was then brought back to Illinois.

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