Illinois Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Transport Stolen Merchandise Across State Lines

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ERIE, PA — A former resident of Maple Park, Illinois, has been sentenced in federal court to 37 months in jail and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,787 on his conviction of conspiracy to transport stolen goods across state lines, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter imposed the sentence Tuesday on Shawn Ashley Pena, 40.

According to information presented to the court, from March 2018 to May 2018, Pena and a co-defendant conspired to steal merchandise from business and retail establishments in multiple states and transport the stolen items across state lines. As part of the scheme, Pena admitted that he and his co-defendant stole jewelry from the former K-Mart in Millcreek Township and transported the stolen merchandise to New York as they continued their multi-state theft spree.

Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Baxter noted that Pena had nineteen prior convictions and had failed to give any indication that he was interested in working hard and avoiding future criminal activity.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Pena.

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