Defense attorney Anthony VanNoy said he calculated Pauley’s non-binding sentencing guideline range at 57 to 71 months in prison.
VanNoy said Pauley — who has no serious criminal history — could qualify for “safety valve” eligibility which would reduce the advisory guideline range to 46 to 57 months.
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Pauley and Tyler O. Oder, who both worked at the U.S. Postal Service’s distribution center at 1111 E. Fifth St., both agreed to bills of information for stealing narcotics from U.S. mail. Oder pleaded guilty in April and is to be sentenced July 17.
Pauley and Oder were accused in a federal criminal complaint of ripping open Priority Mail packages they suspected included drugs and keeping marijuana and meth found inside. The defendants then sold the drugs, according to the complaint.
On Wednesday, Pauley said everybody at the post office stole drugs, “so, ain’t no reason we should be caught,” he said, adding that routinely got away with it since he started in 2012: “I blame the post office for influencing me.”
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Court documents indicated investigators found 12 pounds of suspected marijuana, one pound of suspected meth and two handguns at Pauley’s residence on Jan. 18. They also said 15 pounds of suspected marijuana and $15,000 in cash were found at Oder’s residence.
Pauley said last week that mail is often mishandled and does not get where it is intended.
“The post office is just very sloppy. Anybody can work there,” Pauley said on Wednesday. “The post office needs to be charged for this.”
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