An Indianapolis man who was upset that he didn’t receive his mail has pleaded guilty to shooting a US Postal Service mailman.
Tony Cushingberry, 23, entered the plea for second-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the April 2020 killing of postwoman Angela Summers.
According to court documents, Cushingberry was furious that postal workers were not delivering mail to his address because of an aggressive little dog, federal prosecutors said.
The US Postal Service had issued letters urging the dog’s owners to secure the pet before suspending mail delivery at the home.
On April 27, 2020, Cushingberry confronted Summers, 45, about his missing mail and then tracked her to a neighbor’s porch, where she asked them to spray the man with maces.
Cushingberry then pulled a pistol from his waistband and shot the woman in the chest before fleeing. The postal worker was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Cushingberry was arrested the following day and allegedly confessed to shooting Summers, but he claimed he was just trying to scare her.
“Summers the mail carrier was a dedicated officer just doing her job when she was senselessly murdered,” said US Attorney Zachary Myers.
Summers, who also taught Sunday school, was survived by her daughter. She did not have USPS life insurance at the time of her death, Fox59 reported.
“We hope that the resolution of this case will serve as a deterrent to those criminal actors who threaten the fundamental right to a safe work environment for our nation’s postal workers,” said USPS Superintendent Rodney Hopkins.
Cushingberry faces a maximum of life in federal prison. His sentencing date has not yet been set.
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