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Rusk County Man Sentenced For Christmas Postal Crime Spree


TYLER, Texas – A Henderson man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Paul Wayne Kennedy, 39, pleaded guilty on April 19, 2021, to burglary of a United States Post Office, possession of stolen mail, control of stolen money orders, damage to government property, theft of government property, and access device fraud. Kennedy was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.

“Americans should know that the dedicated men and women of the Department of Justice and the United States Postal Inspection Service protect postal items and post office boxes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

“When you send a letter, package, or order an item, have confidence that your mail is secure and that any would-be thieves, like Mr. Kennedy, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Securing Postal Service facilities and safeguarding the U.S. Mail are top priorities for the Postal Inspection Service,” said Thomas Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the Fort Worth Division. “Suspects thinking they can target the U.S. Postal Service and avoid capture are committing an egregious error in judgment. We will commit all available resources to investigations of this nature, relentlessly pursue offenders and bring them to justice. Both suspects in this investigation have now been sentenced, made possible by the many hours of work and cumulative efforts of U.S. Postal Inspectors, multiple local law enforcement agencies, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas’ Eastern District.”

According to information presented in court, between the afternoon of December 23, 2019, and the morning of December 26, 2019, Kennedy burglarized post offices in Price, Texas; Bronson, Texas; Bon Wier, Texas; and Evans, Louisiana and attempted to rob post offices in Newton, Texas, and Singer, Louisiana. Kennedy stole mail, packages, and property belonging to the U.S. Postal Service at each location he burglarized. In addition, he was able to gain access to the safes and pocket money and U.S. money orders at Price, Texas, and Bronson, Texas, post offices. His accomplice, Angela Moore, 37, of Longview, accompanied Kennedy during the Price burglary and the Newton attempted burglary. Later, on December 27, 2019, Kennedy tried to use a debit card he stole during the Evans burglary at the Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In the Eastern District of Texas, a federal grand jury indicted Kennedy and Moore on June 18, 2020. The Western District of Louisiana’s grand jury indicted Kennedy on June 17, 2020.

Moore pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail, and the court sentenced her to six months in federal prison on May 13, 2021.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police, the Rusk County Sheriff’sSheriff’s Office, the Sabine County Sheriff’sSheriff’s Office, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’sSheriff’s Office, and the Henderson Police Department, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld for the Eastern District of Texas and Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Nickel for the Western District of Louisiana prosecuted the case.