Jemetric Nicholson / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:24PM
A man awaiting trial for the murder murdering of a Metra police officer in 2006 was convicted Thursday of an earlier shooting that left one man wounded.
A jury found Jemetric Nicholson guilty of attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm, accordig to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin. He faces 26-50 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 11.
Nicholson is still awaiting trial for the murder of Metra police Officer Thomas Cook.
On Nov. 1, 2005, Nicholson saw a person he had been in a dispute with at a liquor store at 146th Street and Davis Avenue in Harvey, and shot him several times, Conklin said. The wounded person fled and survived the attack.
Nicholson, 25, has been in police custody since October 2006 for numerous felonies. During that time, police found letters he wrote to his then-girlfriend in which he bragged about the shooting, Conklin said. Police then found witnesses and charged him.
The letters also led the state’s attorney’s office to charge him in March 2007 with the January 2005 murder of Aaron Thomas behind a Calumet City gas station. However, Nicholson was found not guilty in October 2011.
He was also charged in November 2010 with first-degree murder in the killing of Cook, who was shot twice in the back of the head while in uniform in a marked Metra police car near the 147th Street station in Harvey. Authorities said Nicholson and Jeremy Lloyd killed Cook to steal his gun.
Lloyd pleaded guilty in October 2010 to acting as a lookout for Nicholson.