Former Norfolk letter carrier receives probation for dumping mail
While working as a mail carrier in Norfolk, Denita Brown felt tremendous pressure to complete her deliveries by a certain time each day.
Failing to do so could result in her firing, Brown told U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. during her sentencing hearing Friday in Norfolk federal court.
“I just got overwhelmed and stressed,” she said. “It’s by no means an excuse, but it was a lot of pressure.”
One day in March 2020, Brown dumped two bags of mail that she hadn’t been able to deliver in time at Northside Park on Tidewater Drive. The bags were later discovered by a pedestrian, according to court records.
Brown admitted to dumping the bags when confronted and was fired.
She was charged with felony delaying or destroying mail, but was later allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.