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Onondaga County postal worker sentenced for discarding 5,833 pieces of mail in field and woods

A mail carrier for the United States Postal Service has been sentenced for dumping mail in the woods he was supposed to deliver.

Tanner Brown, 25, of Cobleskill received 18 months probation and a $1,000 fine on Wednesday in Syracuse.

Brown admitted to intentionally detaining and failing to deliver 5,833 pieces of mail between January 1, 2019 and July 24, 2019 as part of his guilty plea.

The mail was supposed to be delivered to Onondaga County residents, but instead was dumped into a grassy field and under a pile of discarded tires in Sharon Springs.

Agents found the mail wet, dirty and covered in bugs. Most of it was First-Class Mail.

Mail that could be recovered was delivered and Brown no longer works for USPS.

Brown will also be serving 100 hours of community service for his crime.