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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dallas Man Faces Federal Prison for Stealing Mail Truck

DALLAS — Daniel Dixon, 32, appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney and pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging felony offenses stemming from his theft of a mail truck last year, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. 

Specifically, Dixon, also known as “Jason Lee Smallwood,” pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money, property or records; one count of willfully injuring or committing depredation against any property of the United States; and one count of obstruction of correspondence.  Dixon, who has been in custody since his arrest shortly after the incident, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for both the theft count and the depredation of property count and five years and a $250,000 fine for the obstruction of correspondence count.  Sentencing is set for September 28, 2016, before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade.

According to documents filed in the case, on December 28, 2015, as a U.S. Postal Service employee was stopped at a gas station to refill the mail truck’s gas tank, a man later identified as Dixon exited the backseat of a nearby vehicle, entered the driver’s seat of the mail truck, and drove away in the mail truck.  Dixon abandoned the mail truck on Windfall Circle in Dallas, where it was later recovered with extensive damage. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Dallas Police Department investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie Hoxie is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated June 14, 2016