SEATTLE: A 57 year old postal carrier was convicted of stealing mail from people on his route to support his marijuana habit. The defendant stole cash and gift cards for a two year period. “Prosecutors said Charles Wright admitted he stole mail and then used the money to buy marijuana and then spent time smoking it instead of making his rounds.” Wright was a postal carrier for 34 years. He expressed remorse over his crime, this was his first offense.
Prosecutors are recommending probation and fine.
Why no jail time?
A number of factors are considered when making a recommendation for sentencing. Remorse, whether the crime is violent or nonviolent, the defendant’s criminal record, input from victims and whether there is a need for services such as drug rehabilitation are among the few.
If the defendant commits a violent crime, victim input will be heavily weighted. If the defendant is a drug dealer, drug rehabilitation is not an option.
In this case, remorse, no criminal history, age and length of employment probably went a long way in winning this defendant probation. It would be no surprise if drug rehab was also a part of the plea given the defendant’s heavy usage.