FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one count indictment Thursday against Marco Pergis, 41, of Wasco, charging him with assault on a federal employee inflicting bodily injury, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on June 21, 2023, Pergis assaulted a postal carrier while the carrier was delivering mail in Wasco. Pergis approached the postal carrier, struck the carrier in the face, and caused injury requiring medical attention.
The case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katrina Brownson is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Pergis faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which consider several variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.