A Chicago man with a lengthy criminal past has been sent to prison for shoving a police officer who was investigating his involvement in multiple retail thefts.
Shawn A. Gosa, 45, of Chicago, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti to 6½ years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Gosa was convicted Dec. 3, 2013, by a jury of one count of aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony, and two counts of retail theft, one a Class 3 felony and one a
Class 4 felony.
At about noon Aug. 5, 2011, Gosa entered multiple stores at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora. He stole approximately $900 worth of merchandise from multiple stores. When Gosa was seen on closed-circuit video in one store removing items from behind a counter and placing them into a bag, police were called. When confronted by an Aurora police officer, Gosa shoved the officer, handed the bag of stolen merchandise to an accomplice and fled. A second Aurora officer tackled Gosa in the parking lot after a foot chase.
The sentence is 6½ years for the aggravated battery, 5 years for the Class 3 retail theft and 3 years for the Class 4 retail theft. The terms are to be served concurrently.
According to Illinois law, Gosa is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. Gosa receives credit for at least 45 days served in the Kane County jail.
Gosa has seven prior felony convictions dating to 1995.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Mark D. Stajdohar and Katie Doyen.
SOURCE: Kane County State's Attorney's Office