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Man who attacked Oakdale postal worker over issue with package sentenced to 18 months in prison

He was accused of hopping over the counter and repeatedly punching the employee.

A man accused of leaping over a post office counter and repeatedly punching an employee in the head because of an issue with a package was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison.

James Wilbert Jackson, Jr., 23 years old, had gone to the Oakdale post office on June 4, 2020, to pick up a parcel, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. But the postal worker on site would not give Jackson the package, because his name and address did not match the sender or recipient information on it.

Jackson left and came back multiple times and tried to "convince" the employee to hand over the package, authorities say. He was rebuffed each time.

Just before closing time Jackson returned for the final time and requested the parcel. When the employee refused, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Jackson "leapt over the service counter, followed the employee into the back office, and punched the employee repeatedly in the head."

They both fell to the ground and scuffled until other postal workers restrained Jackson. The worker who had been attacked had a "badly broken" finger that required surgery, as well as scrapes, cuts, and bruises to his head and knees, according to the charges. 

Investigators later looked in the package and found marijuana, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release for assault and attempted robbery, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

“This defendant attacked an innocent U.S. Postal Service employee, a public servant, who was simply doing his job,” said Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk in the news release.

"Postal workers are frontline employees who serve the public during challenging times, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and they deserve to be safe and free from violence as they carry out their duties.”

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