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Federal judges sentence 2 postal workers

Two former U.S. Postal Service workers were sentenced in Maryland’s two federal courts last week for stealing or destroying mail.

Warren Christopher Bradford, 42, of Upper Marlboro, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years of supervised release for disposing trays of mail in a secluded area near his Capitol Heights route throughout the summer of 2009.

Bradford was sentenced Friday by Judge Alexander Williams Jr. in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

Three days earlier, James M. Russell, 49, of Brandywine, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to six months in prison followed by six months of home detention and two years of supervised release for stealing mail.

Brandywine worked at the U.S. Postal Service’s Northwood Station in Baltimore as a motor vehicle operator. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, surveillance cameras caught him rifling through mail containers, “selecting parcels that looked like they might contain something of value” and stealing them on at least 50 occasions from November 2009 to his arrest on Nov. 9, 2010.

Packaging and invoices recovered from a site where Russell dumped the remnants of his finds reportedly indicated that the stolen items included CDs, DVDs, books, jewelry and other items that fit in small boxes.

Judge Catherine C. Blake also ordered Russell to perform 100 hours of community service.