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Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Murder of a U.S. Postal Service Employee

June 1, 2023

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INDIANAPOLIS- Tony Cushingberry, 24, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to murder and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to court documents, on April 27, 2020, at approximately 3:57 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were called to North Denny Street in Indianapolis in reference to a person shot. Officers arrived at the scene and located a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee, later identified as Angela Summers, shot and laying on the front porch of the residence. Ms. Summers was working as a letter carrier and was delivering mail on her route at the time she was shot.

Cushingberry was sitting on his porch when he watched Summers walk past his house and proceed to the next residence. Cushingberry aggressively approached Summers on the neighbor’s porch and demanded his mail several times. Cushingberry continued to pursue Summers while displaying a handgun, eventually pulling it from the right side of his waistband and shooting Summers in the chest from several feet away.

Cushingberry immediately fled the scene and stashed the gun in the detached garage of a nearby residence. On April 27, 2020, United States Postal Inspectors and IMPD Officers searched Cushingberry’ s home and located a safe that contained multiple boxes of ammunition, including the same caliber and brand of fired cartridge casing matching the Glock he used.

Summers was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead at 5:31pm that evening.

“Angela Summers was a beloved family member and public servant, and she should be alive today. She was taken from those who cared for her by the defendant’s evil decision to gun her down while she was simply doing her job,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Our communities should not have to live in fear of every conflict leading to gun violence. No term of imprisonment will bring Angela back, but the sentence imposed today demonstrates that those who kill will face judgment and accountability. I commend the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, ATF, IMPD, and our federal prosecutors for their efforts to seek justice in this case.”

“The safety and security of Postal Service employees and customers is core to the mission of the Postal Inspection Service. This tragic death is a tremendous example of how local and federal partners joined together to investigate and bring to justice Tony Cushingberry, who senselessly took the life of our colleague. This sentence should serve as a warning to others who commit violent acts against Postal Service employees that Postal Inspectors will aggressively investigate and seek to have those individuals sentenced to the maximum extent possible” said Detroit Division Inspector in Charge Rodney Hopkins.

“Angela Summers did not deserve to be killed for doing her job,” stated Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “My condolences go out to her family, friends, and colleagues, and I hope that this sentence at least provides a measure of closure for them.”

United States Postal Inspection Service, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and IMPD investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge, Jane Magnus-Stinson. Judge Stinson also ordered that Cushingberry be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Jayson W. McGrath and Peter A. Blackett, who prosecuted this case.

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