A Madison man was sentenced Tuesday for stealing a trailer of merchandise from a Walgreens distribution center, according to a state Department of Justice release.
Leotis Lewis, 40, was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by a three years of supervised release for transporting stolen merchandise in interstate commerce, according to the release. Lewis pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 22.
According to a criminal complaint, Lewis and Christopher Davis stole a trailer of merchandise from a Walgreens distribution center in DeForest June 18, 2012, with a semi-trailer cab they had stolen a couple months earlier.
On June 19, 2012, they transported more than $220,000 worth of the stolen merchandise to Chicago, and left $198,000 worth of merchandise behind in Madison, according to the release. They solicited heroin addicts to rent U-Hauls in Madison, which they then used to transport the stolen merchandise to Chicago.
The judge said he chose a five-year sentence because Lewis has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for attempted homicide, distributing cocaine, theft and weapons offenses.
Lewis’ sentence will be served consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving in state prison, according to the release.
Davis pleaded guilty to participating in the crime and was sentenced Nov. 15 to four years in federal prison. Lewis and Davis were also sentenced to pay $418,000 in restitution.