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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Prison For Assaulting Mail Carrier

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man who assaulted a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was sentenced today to 46 months in prison.

Michael Gerald Hammond (33) pleaded guilty in November 2021 to one count of unlawful possession of a postal key. In addition to imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson sentenced Hammond to three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, on February 13, 2018, Hammond searched online for phrases such as “best homemade weapon for knocking out ppl” and “how exactly does a blackjack knock someone out.” The next day, Hammond used a rubber mallet to assault a mail carrier who was delivering mail at an apartment complex. Hammond hit the mail carrier multiple times, including striking the mail carrier’s head, so that he could take and use the carrier’s postal key to steal mail from mailboxes. Three days later, on February 17, Hammond was detained after attempting to break into a car at a casino parking garage.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tony Lopez and Jessica Oliva prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 8, 2022