January 9, 2018

Ex-CT postal robber nets 6 years

A former East Hartford man will spend 6 years in federal prison for his 2014 robbery of a Hartford postal worker in the city's South End, authorities say.

Dion Edward Thompson, 40, also formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., was sentenced Tuesday in Hartford federal court to a 78-month prison term, plus three years of supervised release, for his conviction for robbing the postal worker, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to investigators and testimony, Thompson, who has a lengthy criminal history, and another man apparently armed with a gun confronted the victim as the employee was loading the daily receipts into a postal vehicle parked at a loading dock at the Barry Square Post Office, 645 Maple Ave.

Some $22,000 in cash, checks and money orders were taken during the Sept. 9, 2014 heist, authorities said.

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