Judge rejects plea deal for ex-Post Office worker

By Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal

OXFORD – An Ecru man faces a full-scale federal trial on charges he stole $20 from the U.S. mail.

Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers rejected a plea agreement for 50-year-old Steven Joslyn, a former U.S. Postal Service employee in Tupelo.

Joslyn was indicted in February and accused of one count of mail theft.

His one-paragraph indictment claims that on Sept. 11, 2012, he stole the money from a first-class piece of priority mail.

He attempted to plead guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Oxford, but Biggers rejected the deal and set a trial for Sept. 16.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

  • retiredbobinFla.

    Only $20 bucks? Most of the postal crooks are scoring hundreds to thousands of dollars. The union will get his job back for him. He’s a crook…but he’s their crook!

    • FrereJocques

      I suspect, as an armchair criminologist (having watched many episodes of “Law and Order” on TV :) ) that this is the one theft that they have positive proof of, probably from a “sting” operation. I’m willing to bet he has stolen more, MUCH more. They know it, and he knows they know it, but they may not have the proof to bring formal charges. Look for this to be plead out, he will probably agree to a specific sentence, such as a specified time in jail, a hefty fine, and an order that he never work for the Government again, in order to avoid more serious charges and a longer prison term.

  • TheRealFed

    Cue the “Law and Order” theme music.