Springfield MA Man Pleads Guilty to Damaging a Postal Vehicle and Stealing Mail

BOSTON – A Springfield man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield for theft of United States mail and destruction of government property.

Jose Luis Sanchez, 45, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni who scheduled sentencing for June 11, 2020. Luis Sanchez admitted that on Aug. 16, 2017 he broke into a postal vehicle and stole mail that was inside.

The maximum sentence for stealing mail is up to five years in prison, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The offense of causing damage to government property is punishable by up to one year in prison to be followed by up to one year of supervised a release and a $100,000 fine.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil L. Desroches of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.