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Man who pleaded guilty in connection with shooting postal worker sentenced to 7 years

Piper Lee

The San Antonio man who pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the shooting of a U.S. Mail carrier in 2017 has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Authorities said Piper Lee, 41, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2,949 restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting the assault of a federal officer and one count of possession of stolen mail.

According to court records, on February 11, 2017, Bradley Ahearn, 24, and Sara Richford, 27, robbed and shot a postal worker in Spring Branch, Texas.

According to the government's complaint, Lee came into the picture three days later on February 14, 2017, when employees of a local motel notified investigators of a presence of a large amount of U.S. mail and a handgun case in one of the motel rooms.

Motel surveillance footage showed Lee picking up Ahearn and Richford and leaving the motel in Lee's yellow Volkswagen. When San Antonio police tried to initiate a stop of the vehicle, Ahearn began shooting at officers which led to a high-speed chase. The defendants fled and abandoned the vehicle in a parking garage of a local mall.

One day later, the three defendants were arrested in the parking lot of a different motel.

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