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.”
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.