CHICAGO — Prosecutors want a tough prison sentence of 11 1/2 years for a Chicago street-gang member convicted of breaking into a train on the South Side and helping to carry away 100 new guns en route to a Washington state gun store.
Federal prosecutors filed a sentencing memo Friday saying lesser sentences for six previous train thefts by Andrew Shelton haven’t deterred him. It says he also hasn’t been deterred from trafficking guns by his father’s shooting death and by being shot himself.
On Tuesday, Shelton will be the first sentenced out of a group that slipped into the Norfolk Southern train yard in 2015. They used bolt cutters to snap locks off a box car and stumbled across the guns inside. The weapons spread quickly into surrounding high-crime neighborhoods.