Anatomy of gun sale: ‘Really easy’ in Indiana, gang member boasted
BY FRANK MAIN Sun-Times Media April 13, 2013 11:12PM
Charles Golden, alleged member of the Killing Crew who is awaiting sentencing on federal drug charges.
Updated: May 15, 2013 6:45AM
CHICAGO — When the Killing Crew needed guns, it turned to Indiana.
The murderous Far South Side gang took advantage of that state’s less restrictive laws on firearm purchases, authorities said.
“Guns are really easy to get in Indiana,” reputed crew member Charles Golden boasted to police after he was caught with two handguns in 2006.
Golden is now facing sentencing in a federal drug case. And in an effort to boost his prison time, prosecutors have provided the court with the anatomy of a gun purchase that Golden and crew leader Rashod “Fat Man” Bethany carried out in 2006.
According to prosecutors, Golden and Bethany plotted to kill those responsible for the 2006 shooting of Shannon Evans, a Killing Crew member who survived his wounds and was later sent to prison for murder.
The plot began with Golden and Bethany launching their own investigation into Evans’ shooting, authorities said. They interviewed witnesses to Evans’ shooting to identify the gunmen.
Once they learned the names of the targets, Bethany told Golden to buy two handguns from a friend in Indiana, prosecutors said.
According to wiretapped conversations, Bethany allegedly provided Golden with $2,000 to buy the guns.
In a written statement to police, Golden later admitted that he called a friend in Indiana to get the guns. Golden said his friend could “get them pretty easily.”
Only a driver’s license is needed to buy a gun in Indiana, as opposed to a firearm owner’s identification card in Illinois.
The friend, who had a criminal record, approached someone with a clean record who bought a 9mm Smith & Wesson and a .45-caliber Glock from a pawn shop in Indiana, officials said.
Then he rode in the backseat of a car driven by a girlfriend and brought the guns to Golden’s home on the Far South Side. The Chicago Sun-Times isn’t identifying the friend because he was never charged.
Police raided Golden’s home in May 2006. He sneaked out of a window and was spotted stashing the guns and a bag of crack cocaine in a drain pipe, officials said.
The gun seizure resulted in Cook County charging Golden with armed violence. He was convicted and served 4½ years in state prison.
“This investigation illustrates ATF’s ongoing commitment to combating firearms trafficking by stemming the flow of illegal guns into the city and ultimately into the hands of violent criminals,” said ATF spokesman Tom Ahern.