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N.C. mailman gets probation for holding junk mail

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[November 26, 2008]  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former North Carolina mailman who admitted keeping people's junk mail in his garage or buried in his backyard has been sentenced to probation. Steven Padgett pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 18 to delaying the mail. He received three years' probation during a hearing Wednesday. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

DonutsEleven family members and friends attended the hearing, and 32 others sent letters of support for Padgett.

The 58-year-old Padgett said he kept thousands of pieces of third-class mail instead of delivering it on his route in Apex. His attorney said Padgett couldn't keep up with the U.S. Postal Service's strict schedule.

No first- or second-class mail was found at his home.

[Associated Press]

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