Brothers Sent to Prison for Assaulting A U.S. Postal Service Supervisor
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced John Bermudez, Jr., age 31, of Brooklyn, Maryland today to 10 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for assault of a government official and sentenced his brother, Gregory Bermudez, age 28, of Millersville, Maryland to eight months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on the same charge, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. John Bermudez was convicted by a federal jury on August 2, 2007 after a three day trial and Gregory Bermudez pleaded guilty on July 26, 2007.
According to the guilty plea, testimony at trial and other court documents, Gregory Bermudez and John Bermudez, Jr., worked at the United States Postal Service Incoming Mail Facility (IMF) in Linthicum, Maryland. On February 8, 2006 at the IMF a supervisor instructed John Bermudez to stop playing cards and return to work. Both defendants argued with the supervisor, who sought the assistance of the manager of the work floor. When the manager responded he discovered the defendants in a heated argument with another employee. Unable to regain control of the work floor, the manager informed the defendants that he was calling the police and turned to walk away. The defendants followed the manager and, as the manager approached the phone, Gregory Bermudez struck him from behind with his fist. The victim fell to the ground and both defendants punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground. The defendants then left the facility through the loading dock area.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Paul E. Budlow and Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.