Pueblo man sentenced for stealing mail from back of mail truck

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A Pueblo man has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing mail from the back of a mail truck last year. 

Prosecutors said Guadalupe Huerta, 35, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and nine months in federal prison, followed by three years on supervised release. 

Prosecutors said on April 25, 2017, a Pueblo woman saw Huerta taking a bin of mail from the back of a mail truck. The woman called her spouse, who called police. When an officer arrived, he saw Huerta talking on the phone with a bin of mail at his feet. When the officer got out of the car, Huerta ran away, dropping his jacket.

He jumped fences, ran through a cemetery, and burst through a shed, according to prosecutors. At one point, he tried to use an appliance on the street to jump over a fence, but slipped. Officers had to taser him twice before he could be handcuffed, according to prosecutors. 

Police found a set of keys marked “US Mail” in the jacket Huerta dropped. They also found six pieces of mail, seven checks totaling $33,218, and two credit cards. 

Huerta pled guilty to the crime in February.

Prosecutors said a total of 100 victims were affected. Investigators were able to recover all of the mail. 

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