Federal Judge Sentences Man to 20 Years in Prison for Detonating Pipe Bomb at Suburban Chicago Train Station
CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has indicted a man for allegedly assaulting and robbing two postal carriers in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill.
EVERETT G. PULLETT, 33, of Evanston, Ill., assaulted and robbed a postal carrier on Sept. 26, 2022, and another on Sept. 27, 2022, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. In the second robbery, Pullett displayed a firearm while assaulting and injuring the postal carrier, the indictment states. Law enforcement later recovered from Pullett a U.S. Postal Service key, the indictment states.
Pullett is currently detained in law enforcement custody. He was arraigned Monday in federal court in Chicago and pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting and robbing the postal carriers and illegally possessing the key. The most serious offense – the second assault that injured and jeopardized the life of the postal carrier – carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison, while the first assault and the key possession are each punishable by up to ten years.
The indictment was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Ruth Mendonça, Inspector-in-Charge of the Chicago Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Valuable assistance was provided by the Evanston Police Department. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie C. Stern.
“U.S. Postal Service employees delivering mail to the American people must be allowed to do so safely and securely,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Pasqual. “Individuals who use violence against postal carriers to gain access to the public's mail must be held accountable.”
“This indictment is another example of the roles postal inspectors and our law enforcement partners play in protecting Postal Service employees and customers,” said Inspector-in-Charge Mendonça. “As Postal Service employees continue to play an integral role in our communities, we are clear in our resolve to aggressively investigate anyone who brings harm to these invaluable public servants.”
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.