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Opelousas man sentenced to 24 years in mail carrier assault, robbery

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An Opelousas man was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote to 24 years in prison and five years of supervised release in the assault and robbery of a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier.

According to evidence presented in December 2013, 33-year-old Brandon Handy of Opelousas and a second individual were wearing masks and were armed with a pistol when they robbed a mail carrier on August 13, 2011, at the Lawtell Post Office.

"Handy approached the driver from behind, grabbed him by the neck and wrestled him to his knees while the other individual took a bag of mail from the employee's truck," said U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley in a news release.

"After Handy and the other individual fled the scene, the driver was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for injuries," Finley said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation in this case.

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