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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a U.S. Postal Service Employee

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss.  – A Jackson man pled guilty to assaulting a federal employee, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca.

According to court documents and statements made in open court, Rodrick Jeems, 37, punched a U.S. Postal Service employee after asking the employee for five dollars.  At the time, the employee was collecting mail from bins located outside of the Medgar Wiley Evers U.S. Post Office in Jackson.  Jeems was apprehended by a Capitol Police Officer as he attempted to flee on foot.

Jeems is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30, 2023; he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The United States Postal Inspection Service investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bert Carraway and Adam Stuart prosecuted the case.

Updated March 23, 2023