Federal judge sentences Chicago train burglar to 10 years in prison

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CHICAGO — Andrew Shelton has up to 10 years to reconsider his life after a Federal judge sentenced him to a decade in prison for stealing guns from locked freight cars in a Norfolk Southern yard.

U.S. District Judge John Tharp sentenced Shelton, 43, on Oct. 3 for his role in the April 2015 gun theft at Norfolk Southern’s rail yard on the city’s South Side, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Shelton, described as a serial train burglar, has served several short sentences in the past for six rail yard thefts. Having lost his father to gang violence in 2001, and having been involved in shootings himself, Tharp said Shelton should have known better.

The firearms, including revolvers and rifles, were en route from the gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s New Hampshire shops to a wholesaler in Washington state. Prosecutors say new weapons are more difficult to trace than used weapons, or ones that have been registered with state or local authorities.

To date, 19 of the 111 new Ruger firearms stolen by Shelton’s gang have been recovered. More suspects in the incident have been charged and await trial.
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