Former mailman sentenced to 2 years probation for dumping 15K pieces of mail in DC sewers

Photo of mail found dumped in storm drain by former mailman Christopher Newton.  Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 (ABC7 file photo)

A former United States Postal Service worker was sentenced Wednesday to two years probation and 150 hours of community service for dumping 15,000 pieces of U.S. mail in sewers in Northeast Washington.

Christopher Newton, 23, received less community service time than his attorney requested which was 200 hours, according to ABC7's Sam Ford.

Newton was previously charged with a misdemeanor and was facing a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

According to court documents, Newton dumped the mail in a storm drain at Douglas Street and Anacostia Avenue in Northeast Washington in May 2016.

Officials with DC Water said crews recovered more than a dozen bags full of mail and turned it over to the USPS Inspector General's office.

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