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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 6, 2019

Jefferson County man sentenced for destroying mailbox

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Derek Wayne Blanken, Jr., of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was sentenced today to two months incarceration for destroying a mailbox, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Blanken, age 21, pled guilty to one count of “Destruction of Letter Boxes or Mail” in January 2019. Blanken admitted to destroying a mailbox on Upper Clubhouse Drive in Harpers Ferry in October 2018.

Blanken was also ordered to pay $5,931 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Finucane prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Postal Service investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated May 6, 2019