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San Antonio mail thief and convicted felon sentenced to federal prison

January 3, 2014

In San Antonio this morning, 28-year-old John Michael Hawkins was sentenced to 77 months in federal prison for possession of stolen mail and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Robert Wemyss, Houston Division.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. Chief District Judge Fred Biery ordered that Hawkins pay $4,228.56 restitution and be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

In February 2013, San Antonio Police Officers arrested Hawkins.  At that time, Hawkins was in possession of stolen mail as well as a significant amount of credit cards in names other than his, various business checks, multiple personal checks, U.S. passports and Texas driver licenses.  Hawkins was also in possession of a .357 caliber revolver. 

On August 1, 2013, Hawkins pleaded guilty to the federal charges.  Hawkins’ criminal history includes state felony convictions for burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a vehicle, vehicle theft and evading arrest/ detention with a vehicle.

“The Postal Inspection Service has sought those who steal mail for hundreds of years. The ability to use the mail in a safe and secure manner is at the core of the Postal Inspection Service’s mission,” stated Robert Wemyss, Inspector in Charge, Houston Division. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the San Antonio Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hardy prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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