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Sampson County Man Sentenced For Assaulting Postal Worker

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NEW BERN – David Christopher Stuart was sentenced Wednesday to 130 months in prison for assaulting a postal worker in Turkey more than a year ago, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Stuart, 33, of Clinton, pled guilty in Federal Court in June on a charge of assault on a person in custody of mail matter, money or other property while using a dangerous weapon, says U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. Stuart will also have five years of supervised probation after serving his prison sentence.

According to the investigation, on June 6, 2018, a U.S. Postal Service employee was working alone in the Turkey Post Office when Stuart jumped over the counter and demanded money. The postal worker opened the drawer and handed Stuart the money from the tray. Stuart then followed the worker to the safe in the back of the Post Office, where he ordered her to open the additional drawers. When no other funds were located, Stuart took the postal worker’s cellular phone and told her to stand in the corner as he fled out from the Post Office. The news release did not say how much money Stuart stole.

The postal worker went to the Post Office lobby after Stuart fled the scene, watched him leave and then called 911 from the Post Office phone.

Stuart was arrested the next day. He admitted to the robbery during an interview with investigators, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.