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Chalmette Resident Pleaded Guilty in Federal Court to Theft of Stolen Mail and Unlawful Possession of a Postal Key

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – KELAN PERRY GENNINGS, age 21, pleaded guilty on April 13, 2023, to a two-count superseding indictment charging him with theft or receipt of stolen mail matter, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1708 and unlawful possession of a postal key, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1704, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, GENNINGS stole U.S. Mail from a post office mailbox located at the Covington Post Office.  GENNINGS also used a postal arrow key to access said mailbox. At sentencing, which is set for August 17, 2023, GENNINGS faces a maximum prison term of five years for the theft of mail and ten years for possession of the arrow key.  Each count carries additional penalties of up to three (3) years supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Spiro G. Latsis of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane Jones

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana 

Updated April 25, 2023