MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) -

U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman sentenced 46 year-old Mark Anderson, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, to one year and one day in prison for interstate transportation of stolen goods.

Anderson pleaded guilty on May 20 to the offense of using a semi-tractor to steal five semi-trailers from Eau Claire, Wisconsin businesses and transporting the semi-trailers to Illinois.

A probation request for Anderson has been denied by Judge Adelman indicating that a prison sentence was necessary to promote respect for the law.

The investigation was conducted by the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department, Northern Illinois Auto Theft Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.