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Chicago Resident Pleads to Conspiracy Count in Erie

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Shawn Ashley Pena, 39, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that during the period 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.

Judge Baxter scheduled sentencing for March 3, 2022. The law provides for a total sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Pena.

Updated November 3, 2021

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