RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man pleaded guilty today to assaulting a longtime United States Postal Service city carrier who was delivering mail in the Gilpin Court neighborhood.
According to court documents, video surveillance captured Erriette Williams, 45, approach USPS city carrier J.B., grab a parcel key from him, and, after daring J.B. to pick up the parcel key, punch him in the face. The city carrier sustained lacerations to his face and later received medical attention. Parcel keys are used to secure mail drop boxes.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on May 7, 2021. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson accepted the plea.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Simon, Jr. is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:20-cr-79.