Ex-Queens Mailman Faces Up to Six Months Imprisonment for Throwing Mail in Trash

article-postal-1229In the famous rainy encounter from the renown romance film “The Notebook,” Ali learns she had not received any of the 365 letters her former lover wrote her that year.

The residents of several Queens neighborhoods were faced with the same fate after an ex-postal worker, who “panicked” from being “overwhelmed” by the volume of letters he was expected to disperse on Dec. 2, 2015, stuffed their mail – about 1,000 letters – into garbage bags he purchased at Stop and Shop supermarket and trashed them in a South Ozone Park garbage can.

“I lost track of time and wasn’t able to complete my task and realized my job was at stake,” Daniel Darby said. “I panicked.”

The 26-year-old former mailman was terminated immediately after his arrest for the misdemeanor charge of knowingly and willfully delaying the delivery of mail, Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Edelman told Magistrate Judge Steven Gold at Brooklyn Federal Court Tuesday.

“On that day I had to do a job on a route that I was unfamiliar with,” Darby told the judge.

Darby is set for sentencing on June 8 and faces up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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