SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Kevin Ronny Williams, age 23, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty today to one count of possession with the intent to unlawfully use a United States Postal Service key, and one count of theft of mail, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Joseph W. Cronin, Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division, and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Office.
As part of his guilty plea today, Williams admitted that during the night of March 5, 2020, into the early morning hours of March 6, 2020, he used a United States Postal Service (USPS) key that he obtained from a USPS employee to unlawfully open mail collection boxes in Liverpool, New York. Williams wore a USPS letter carrier uniform jacket and carried USPS mail satchel that he also obtained from a USPS employee. Williams stole mail contained in the collection boxes, including 49 pieces of first-class mail, all of which was later recovered. Kenny Ronny Williams was arrested by an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol who noticed his (Williams’) car in a vacant parking lot in Clay, New York. After a short vehicular and foot chase, Williams was taken into custody, and the USPS uniform jacket, postal key, mail satchel, and stolen mail were recovered.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2021. The charge of possession with the intent to unlawfully use a United States Postal Service key carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and the charge of theft of mail carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. Both offenses carry a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of 3 years following any sentence of imprisonment. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
Former USPS employee Quayshaun Mitchell is also charged by criminal complaint in connection with these offenses. His case remains pending and he is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty.
This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Thomson.