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Petal Woman Sentenced to 12 Months for Theft or Receipt of Stolen Mail

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

Hattiesburg, Miss. – Angelia Dawn Sanford, 36, of Petal, Mississippi, was sentenced today by Senior U. S. District Judge Keith Starrett to serve 12 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for theft or receipt of stolen mail matter, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Inspector in Charge Chris Cave with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Southern Area Field Office. Sanford was also ordered to pay restitution to a victim and a $1,000 fine.

On April 3, 2017, Forrest County Sheriff’s Office investigators were executing a search warrant at the Petal residence of Sanford and co-defendant Booker Tallieferro Hilton.  During the search, investigators recovered multiple pieces of mail matter not belonging to Sanford or Booker. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service was contacted and their investigation determined that the mail matter was stolen. Sanford and Booker also confessed to stealing the mail matter found at their residence.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Sanford and Hilton on July 24, 2019. Sanford pled guilty on May 12, 2020.   Hilton pled guilty on June 17, 2020, and will be sentenced on September 24, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. by Judge Starrett in Hattiesburg.  The maximum penalty faced by each defendant for Theft or Receipt of Stolen mail is not more than 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office and the U. S. Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.   

Updated August 19, 2020