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BROAD BROOK MAN WHO ASSAULTED
HARTFORD POSTMASTER IS SENTENCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD COVILL, 53, of the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to approximately four months of imprisonment, time served, and three years of supervised release, for assaulting a federal official.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 18, 2011, COVILL, a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service, traveled to the Hartford Processing and Distribution Center, located at 141 Weston Road in Hartford, parked in the parking lot, entered a restricted elevator and traveled up to the third floor.  COVILL then approached the office of the Hartford Postmaster and began talking to her.  The Postmaster asked COVILL to leave and then turned around toward her office.  COVILL then forcibly pushed the Postmaster from behind, causing her to fall forward and strike her head against her desk and knock over a chair.

The Postmaster was transported to a local hospital and was treated for a laceration on her forehead, which required stitches to close the wound.

COVILL was detained for approximately four months following his arrest on October 18, 2011.  On January 25, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault of a federal official.

COVILL has entered into a protective order barring him from contacting the victim for an additional three years after his term of supervised release ends.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Hartford Police Department, with the assistance of the East Windsor Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarala V. Nagala.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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