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Jefferson County man admits to destroying mailbox

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Derek Wayne Blanken, Jr., of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, has admitted to destroying a mailbox, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Blanken, age 20, pled guilty to one count of “Destruction of Letter Boxes or Mail.” Blanken admitted to destroying a mailbox on Upper Clubhouse Drive in Harpers Ferry in October 2018.

Blanken faces up to three years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Finucane is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Postal Service investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated January 30, 2019