Kanawha County man pleads guilty to possession of stolen mail
Defendant admits illegally possessing hundreds of pieces of mail stolen from the Elkview area
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County man pleaded guilty today to possessing stolen mail, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jason Lee Spradling, 34, of Pinch, faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on July 5, 2017. As part of his plea agreement, he has also agreed to pay restitution to the victims as ordered.
Spradling admitted that he possessed a large quantity of stolen mail, and that he knew the mail in his possession had been stolen. Specifically, Spradling admitted to stealing a box of checks from a mailbox and attempting to cash one of the checks in December 2015. Spradling also admitted that in July 2015, he was found in possession of hundreds of pieces of mail stolen from the Elkview area. Spradling further admitted that he had no legal right to possess the mail, nor to cash any checks contained within the stolen mail.
The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.
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