Memphis, TN – In October 2019, a federal jury convicted Wendy Thomas, 39. Thomas has now been sentenced to 114 months imprisonment for robbery of mail, money or other property of the United States and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on November 21, 2016, at approximately 12:50 p.m., U.S. Postal Inspectors responded to the robbery of a U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier in the area of 890 Baltic Street. The gunman approached the letter carrier and pointed a semi-automatic handgun as she was placing her mail satchel in her postal truck.
The suspect asked for cash or checks that were in the vehicle. He then went through the mail and took several envelopes and packages. As the suspect was leaving, he threatened the letter carrier and told her “to stay back, don’t move until I leave or I am going to blow your damn head off.” The gunman fled in a blue 2005 Toyota Matrix. Investigators later determined that Wendy Thomas was the getaway driver and that Jamal Cherry was the gunman.
The robbery was captured by a nearby home surveillance video camera. Surveillance video footage depicts Cherry exiting the Toyota Matrix to rob the letter carrier. The video then showed Thomas slide from the passenger side of the vehicle to the driver’s side to ready herself for Cherry’s return. When Cherry completed the robbery, Thomas sped off from the scene in the Toyota Matrix. During an interview with U.S. Postal Inspectors, Thomas admitted to being on the scene and driving Cherry away from the robbery.
On September 15, 2017, Cherry pled guilty to the armed robberies of two U.S. Postal Service letter carriers and received a sentence of 13 years in federal prison.
On January 16, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Thomas to 114 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, “This office takes very seriously our duty to protect the safety of United States Postal Service employees and the sanctity and security of the U.S. Mail. Armed robberies of Postal carriers are brazen and disturbing acts of violence that attack our government institutions and terrorize our community, and must be met with significant consequences. These dangerous offenders have sown violence and greed, and as a result of these sentences, they will now reap the full measure of consequences for their criminal conduct.”
“We are very pleased with this sentence, as we think it adequately reflects the serious and dangerous nature of the crime involved. A large part of the Postal Inspection Service mission is assuring the safety of postal employees. These types of crimes against postal employees are rare, but when they do occur, they are the top priority for us,” said David McGinnis, Inspector-In-Charge of the Charlotte Division.
The United States Postal Inspection Service investigated this case.