A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Pondera County who was found guilty of tampering with residents’ mail was sentenced Thursday.
Kayla Gruce was sentenced to three years probation for one count of theft of mail by officer or employee and three years probation for one count of destruction of mail. The terms are to run concurrently.
A federal jury found Gruce guilty last August. According to court documents, the incidents in question took place between June of 2017 and September of 2017.
(April 5, 2018) Kayla Gruce, a former U.S. Postal Service employee in Pondera County, has been charged in federal court with two felonies.
KRTV has confirmed that Gruce was a USPS employee, but no longer works for the agency.
Court documents allege that starting in June 2017 and continuing until about September 26, 2017, Gruce did “knowingly steal, abstract, and remove from any letter, postal card, package, bag, and mail, which came into her possession and intended to be conveyed by mail, any article or thing contained therein.
Court documents also allege that during that time, Gruce “did knowingly and unlawfully destroy letters and post cards entrusted to her and which came into her possession, and were intended to be conveyed by mail.”
Gruce is charged with theft of mail by officer or employee, and destruction of mail, both of which are federal felonies.