CHICAGO – The only suspect in 2015 theft of weapons from a Chicago train that choose to go to the court, changed his mind and pled guilty, just as jury selection was to begin.
A federal judge was to begin the trial Monday, but accepted Dandre Moody’s guilty plea instead, the sending of the candidate-judges house.
Moody and seven others were arrested for stealing a 100 new guns from a Norfolk Southern yard. A number of accomplices were scheduled to testify against Moody.
Judge John Tharp told Moody he would be “beyond the point of no return” by pleading guilty, and could not again change his mind. Moody said he understood, and went on to plead guilty to cargo theft and other charges. He will be sentenced March 27.
Tharp has said that such thefts contributed to “an epidemic” of violence.