Man pleads guilty in Chicago rail yard, gun heist case

A man plead guilty Friday in federal court as part of a case in which more than 100 guns were stolen from a rail yard on the south side of Chicago.

Andrew Shelton was set to stand trial for the heist next month but instead chose to plead guilty, The Chicago Sun Times reported.

According to the plea declaration, Shelton admitted to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and to possessing a stolen firearm. He can expect to be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison.

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.

Shelton then helped the crew steal and transport the guns away from the rail yard and eventually claimed 13 of the guns for himself as payment. The guns Shelton possessed were then promptly sold.

At least three co-defendants are still set to head to trial next month, and co-defendant Warren Gates has already been sentenced to 63 months in prison.

One of the guns stolen during the heist has been tied to a Jan. 2016 shooting.