Unemployed for an extended period of time and frustrated by a lack of job offers after many interviews, 58-year-old Jevons Brown exacted revenge in the form of mailing packages containing cat feces to companies that did not hire him. According to Dan Taylor, U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman, 20 packages containing feces were tracked to the St. Louis resident.
In court Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bodenhausen stated, “This is not a victimless crime.” Recipients of these packages were the intended victims. Secondary victims were postal workers and anyone whose mail came into contact with the packages due to possible bacterial contamination.
Brown did not deny responsibility as he pled guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of mailing injurious articles. He appeared in a St. Louis court Friday for his sentencing. He received to two years of probation. Such an offense could have landed Brown, a U.S. veteran, behind bars for up to six months.
Bodenhausen and Brown’s public defender, Sean Vicente, were in agreement that probation was fitting given the fact Brown does not have any significant prior offences and has recently become gainfully employed.
“I’m sorry. This will never happen again,” an apologetic Brown said in court.
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