A Chicago man was ordered to federal prison Thursday for stealing firearms from a Streator gun shop two years ago.
Rashad Anchando, 23, was sentenced in Chicago federal court to five years in prison, of which he must serve at least four years. The federal term does not begin until after Anchando is done serving a state prison sentence for heroin dealing, having a stolen gun and aggravated battery, all from La Salle County. All told, Anchando will not be freed until mid-2024.
Anchando has been in custody since August 2016.
Authorities said Anchando and others stole a Jeep Wrangler from a Spring Valley gun range, which they then rammed into South Post Guns, in South Streator, the night of June 21, 2016. The thieves made off with 20 guns. The weapons consisted of one shotgun, one rifle, eight pistols and 10 revolvers. There was also 700 to 800 ammunition rounds in the Jeep when it was stolen.
Anchando was prosecuted in federal court, because the gun shop is a federally licensed dealer.
Prosecutor Albert Berry III said six of the guns have been recovered from members of the Goonie Boss street gang in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. Englewood is one of Chicago's deadliest areas. Berry added that besides Chicago, some of the guns were distributed in Streator.
"The defendant has already shown that he is following a dangerous path towards a life of crime and violence," Berry observed.
Anchando's attorney, Gerardo S. Gutierrez of Chicago, said his Englewood-raised client needs help.
"Rashad Anchando is a poster child for the seemingly self-perpetuating gun violence in the streets of Chicago. This is a very sad case indeed as his future prospects, without professional help and-or treatment, appears very bleak. We know that in Englewood, life makes a habit of stacking up quickly against its vulnerable youth," Gutierrez said.
Anchando's codefendant Keith R. Gullens, 28, is to be sentenced Friday, Aug. 24. The third defendant, Romeo C. Blackman, 22, has pleaded not guilty. Blackman's next court hearing is Wednesday, Sept. 26.