Judge tells convicted mail theft: “Don’t disappoint me”

The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports that a  U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings yesterday sentenced a postal worker convicted of mail theft:

A former postal worker received five years’ probation and was fined $500 after pleading guilty to one count of mail theft by a postal employee.

Tyron Marquis Walton, who pleaded guilty in August to stealing retail gift cards from postal patrons’ mail and using them himself, faced a possible five years in prison for his crime.

As part of the process, the judge usually offers a quick explanation for the reasons behind the sentence.

When it comes to the time to be served that language seldom varies, as Cummings says the sentence is what he considers necessary to serve as both punishment and a deterrent.

Once he said that, he delivered a personal message to Walton: “Don’t disappoint me.”

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