OWENSBORO, KY — A mailman hid over 44,000 pieces of mail in his dead mother’s basement and a rented storage facility to “speed up his route,” according to The Courier-Journal.
William “Brent” Morse, who had been a letter carrier for five years, was sentenced to six months in jail, followed by six months on home incarceration, for destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of U.S. mail.
“He wanted to speed up his route,” said city police Capt. Craig Patterson. “I think he was lazy.”
Federal sentencing guidelines called for him to receive a two-year sentence, but Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. gave him a lesser sentence because Morse didn’t steal or open the mail and only 250 recipients on his route suffered financial losses.
Morse was ordered to pay $14,808 in restitution to local residents, a bank and two other businesses for their losses.
He pleaded guilty back in December and was sentenced on Tuesday.
Read more: The Courier-Journal