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Daniel Brautlacht, 20, a former U.S. postal carrier who lives in Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny to the criminal charge of delay or destruction of mail. When Brautlacht is sentenced July 30 for the destruction of an untold number of Buffalo-bound or mailed first-class letters, post cards and packages he faces a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said that less than two weeks after starting work for the United States Postal Service on March 9, 2013 Brautlacht began destroying mail. Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General got a statement from a resident on Davey Street in Buffalo who said Brautlacht was observed throwing 41 pieces of mail into a garbage receptacle on that street on March 21, 2013.

When pressed the suspect claimed he discarded mail that had become jumbled or disorganized rather than re-organizing it for delivery, Ippolito said.