Wood County man admits to having stolen mail

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Wood County man has admitted to possessing stolen mail.

Richard Thomas Morris Jr., 38, of Washington, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston last week.

Prosecutors say Morris was a relief driver for a U.S. Postal Service contractor whose job was to collect outgoing mail from post offices along a route between Parkersburg and Ravenswood.

Last November, law-enforcement officials with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service stopped Morris at the Belleville Post Office, and he consented to a vehicle search.

He was found with a piece of opened mail addressed to a home in St. Mary's that had contained a greeting card and $50 in cash.

Morris faces up to five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines. Sentencing was set for Jan. 22.

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