Postal employee to plead guilty

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September 12, 2018

A former U.S. Postal Service employee who was caught stealing painkillers from military veterans on his route in Hawkins County will forego indictment and plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense of obstructing the passage of mail, according to court documents unsealed on Monday.

Shawn Ice first reported he was in the service and would not steal from veterans, but he later admitted “he had a problem with prescription pills,” and he had stolen five parcels that contained hydrocodone over a two-month period beginning in December 2016, according to his plea agreement, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

Officials at the Rogersville Post Office started an investigation after complaints surfaced about Veterans Affairs prescription parcels going missing after they were scanned. Officials placed a surveillance camera inside the post office, which captured Ice placing a parcel in his jacket, according to his plea agreement.

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Stealing controlled substances (pain killers) is only a misdemeanor? Stealing pain killers from a disabled vet should be felony time. Any theft from the mail, especially by a postal employee, should be a felony with jail time.

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