Chicago mother gets 24 days in prison for buying guns stolen from rail yard

A mother from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago was sentenced to 24 days in jail last week for buying guns stolen from a Norfolk Southern rail yard.

The Chicago Tribune reported Lori Shelton, a 53-year-old post office worker and mother of two, said at the sentencing hearing that she bought the guns because she needed them for self-defense in the crime-ridden neighborhood and argued she was “only protecting” her family.

However, federal Judge John Tharp said that buying stolen firearms would only encourage the criminal activity that has torn the neighborhood apart.

The judge issued the lenient sentence due to Shelton’s otherwise clean record and will allow her to serve her sentence on weekends so that she doesn’t lose her job.