United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
U.S. Mail Theft Investigation Leads To Felon In Possession Of Ammunition Charges Against Placer County Man
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Richard Lee Gray, 56, of Foresthill, was charged today by a federal grand jury with being a felon in possession of ammunition, access device fraud, possession of stolen U.S. Mail, and two counts of destruction of U.S. Mail letter boxes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Gray is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Edmund F. Brennan on April 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. for arraignment on the federal charges.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the United States Forest Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, the United States Postal Inspection Service received several reports of letter box tampering and destruction in the Placer County area. Gray was identified as a person of interest, and on April 2, 2013, searched his residence.
If convicted, Gray faces up to 10 years in prison for the felon in possession of ammunition charge, 15 years in prison for the access device fraud, five years in prison for possession of stolen U.S. Mail, and three years in prison for each count of destruction of U.S. Mail letter boxes. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.