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Mississippi man sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing postal worker

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A Bolivar County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a U.S. postal employee.

Court documents indicate that in September 2021, 40-year-old Joshua Williams robbed a U.S. postal employee of mail, her cell phone, money, and car keys. He was caught shortly thereafter hiding near Benoit.

Williams appeared for sentencing on these offenses in federal court in Oxford on Thursday and was sentenced to a total of 120 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Williams was also ordered to pay $180 in restitution to the victim.

“The prosecution of individuals who choose to commit violent crimes always has been and always will be a priority for this office,” U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner said. “Hopefully this sentence will serve as a deterrent to those who would victimize others in misguided attempts for personal gain.”

The Oxford U.S. Postal Inspection Office along with Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Roberts.

“The protection of the United States Postal Service and its employees are two of the highest priorities of the Postal Inspection Service,” Scott Fix, Inspector-in-Charge of the Houston Division, said. “The sentencing of Joshua Williams for the armed robbery of a Benoit, Mississippi Rural Carrier is an example of the commitment of Postal Inspectors to bring to justice those individuals that threaten the safety of our postal employees. We extend our appreciation to the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office that assisted with this investigation.”

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