A previously convicted felon was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for stealing hundreds guns from a Chicago cargo train and proceeding to sell more than a dozen of them, the Justice Department said.
Andrew Shelton, 43, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. As a previously convicted felon, Shelton was not allowed to possess any type of firearm.
On the night of April 12, 2015, Shelton and other co-defendants went to the 63rd Street Railyard on the south side of Chicago looking to steal shoes and other merchandise but instead found a load of firearms shipped from a Ruger factory in New Hampshire. The firearms shipment was parked at the railway overnight while on its way to Spokane, Washington.