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Dayton man pleads guilty to shooting mail carrier, faces 10 years up to life in prison

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

DAYTON – A Dayton man pleaded guilty via video conference in federal court today to shooting a United States Postal Service mail carrier.


Christopher O. Gibson, 47, admitted to using a firearm during a crime of violence, a crime punishable by a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison.


Gibson shot the postal worker as the worker delivered mail near Gibson’s home on Arlene Avenue in Dayton.


According to court documents, on Jan. 3, Gibson fired at the letter carrier three times, striking him once in the leg.


The Dayton Police Department recovered video of the incident from a Ring doorbell camera located near the area of the shooting.


Gibson was charged by federal criminal complaint on Jan. 8 and indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 14. He remains in custody.


Congress sets the minimum and maximum statutory sentence. Sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service; and Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl announced the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Brent G. Tabacchi is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated May 1, 2020

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime