Accomplice gets almost 10 years in federal prison for armed robbery of U.S. postal letter carrier

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Wendy Thomas, 39, was sentenced to nine and half years in federal prison, according to U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant.

According to the release from Dunavant, a gunman approached a letter carrier with a semi-automatic handgun as she was getting in her postal truck on November 21 2016.

The incident happened in the 800 block of Baltic Street in Binghampton.

The gunman asked for cash and checks that were in the vehicle and took several envelopes and packages, the release said. Then gunman then threatened to shoot the letter carrier if she moved before fleeing the scene in a 2005 Toyota Matrix.

That gunman was identified as Jamal Cherry and the getaway driver was identified as Wendy Thomas, according to investigators.

Dunavant shared that a nearby home surveillance camera captured showed Cherry getting out of the vehicle before robbing the letter carrier.

The video also showed Thomas moving from the passenger side of the car to the driver’s side, Cherry getting back into the vehicle and both driving away, according to the release.

Thomas admitted to being on the scene and driving Cherry away, according to an interview with U.S. Postal Inspectors

The release said in September 2017 Cherry pled guilty to the armed robberies of two U.S. Postal Service letter carriers and was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison.

Thomas was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for robbery of mail, money or other property of the United States and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to Dunavant.