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Man gets prison for shoving Aurora cop, stealing from mall

Shawn A. Gos/ phofrom Kane County State's Attorney's office

Shawn A. Gosa / photo from Kane County State's Attorney's office

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Updated: February 18, 2014 6:36AM

A Chicago man convicted of shoving a police officer in Aurora after he was caught stealing $900 worth of merchandise from an outlet mall was sentenced to more than six years in prison Thursday.

Shawn A. Gosa, 45, was convicted Dec. 3. of aggravated battery and two counts of retail theft, a statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said. All the charges are felonies.

Judge John A. Barsanti sentenced Gosa to 6 1/2 years in prison Thursday, the state’s attorney’s office said.

Gosa was arrested Aug. 5, 2011, at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora after he was spotted on a closed-circuit camera taking items from behind a counter and placing them in a bag, prosecutors said.

Police were called, and when an officer confronted Gosa, he shoved the officer and handed the bag to an accomplice before running away, according to prosecutors. Another officer tackled Gosa in the parking lot after a chase.

In all, he took $900 worth of items from multiple stores, prosecutors claimed.

“Mr. Gosa is a career criminal who has been removed from the street and placed behind bars. Our community is a safer place without him,” State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said at the time of his conviction.

Gosa, of the 700 block of North Lotus Street, has seven prior convictions since 1995, the release said. He will receive credit for 45 days served in the Kane County Jail.

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