A Benoit, Mississippi man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a U.S. Postal Employee in September 2021.
Court documents indicate that in September 2021, Joshua Williams, 40, robbed a U.S. Postal Employee of mail, her cellphone, money, and car keys. He was caught shortly thereafter hiding near Benoit.
Williams appeared for sentencing on these offenses in federal court in Oxford on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills sentenced Williams to a total of 120 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Williams was also ordered to pay $180 in restitution to the victim.
“The prosecution of individuals who choose to commit violent crimes always has been and always will be a priority for this office,” said U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “Hopefully this sentence will serve as a deterrent to those who would victimize others in misguided attempts for personal gain.”
“The protection of the United States Postal Service and its employees are two of the highest priorities of the Postal Inspection Service,” said Scott Fix, Inspector-in-Charge of the Houston Division. “The sentencing of Joshua Williams for the armed robbery of a Benoit, Mississippi Rural Carrier is an example of the commitment of Postal Inspectors to bring to justice those individuals that threaten the safety of our postal employees. We extend our appreciation to the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office that assisted with this investigation.”
The Oxford U.S. Postal Inspection Office along with Bolivar County, Mississippi Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Roberts.