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Foresthill man sentenced to prison for destroying U.S. mail boxes

A Foresthill man has received a one-year prison sentence for destroying United States mail boxes in several Placer County communities.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley on Thursday sentenced Richard Lee Gray, 57, for destroying U.S. Post Office letter boxes, being a felon in possession of ammunition and possessing more than 15 unauthorized access devices with intent to commit fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Nunley also ordered Gray to pay $10,333 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.

Gray was arrested in April 2013 and pleaded guilty in September.

According to court documents, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service received several reports of letter box tampering and destruction in the communities of Colfax, Auburn and Foresthill. Gray was identified as a person of interest in the case, and when authorities executed a search warrant in April 2013, they found his house and car mail stolen from more than 108 victims. They also found burglary tools, pry bars and ammunition.

In May 2001, Gray had been convicted in Southern California of possession of stolen U.S. mail.

The case resulted from and investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service.