A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty to shooting a US Postal Service mail carrier, upset because he was not getting his mail.

The suspect was identified as Tony Cushingberry. He entered a plea for second-degree murder on Wednesday for the incident that happened in April 2020 that claimed the life of mail carrier Angela Summers.

It was added that the reason why Cushingberry was unable to receive his mail was because of his aggressive small dog, federal prosecutors claimed.

Letters were sent to the 23-year-old, warning him that he needed to secure his dog before mail delivery would be suspended at his residence.

However, on Apr. 27, Cushingberry ended up confronting Summers about his missing mail. The 23-year-old pursued the 45-year-old mail carrier with the latter ending up spraying mace at Cushingberry.

This led to Cushingberry pulling out a handgun and shooting Summers in the chest and then fleeing the scene. The 45-year-old woman was brought to the hospital but was however pronounced dead.

Cushingberry was arrested the following day and admitted to shooting Summers. However, the 23-year-old claimed that he only intended to scare the mail carrier.

“Letter carrier Summers was a dedicated public servant simply doing her job when she was senselessly murdered,” US Attorney Zachary Myers stated.

Summers leaves behind a daughter. Aside from being a mail carrier, the 45-year-old reportedly also taught Sunday school, Fox 59 reported. She did not have life insurance from the USPS at the time of her death.

“We hope that this case’s resolution will serve as a deterrent to those criminal actors who threaten the fundamental right of a safe work environment for our nation’s postal employees,” USPS Inspector-in-Charge Rodney Hopkins said.

Cushingberry has yet to have a sentencing date. If convicted, the 23-year-old could be handed a maximum life term in federal prison.

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