Man pleads guilty to shooting postal worker for not giving him her cellphone
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio man arrested in 2017 for allegedly shooting a United States postal worker pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges.
Bradley Ahearn, 23, admitted to shooting the mail carrier last year in Spring Branch, Texas. He pleaded guilty to seven federal charges, including aiding and abetting carjacking; aiding and abetting use of a firearm during a crime of violence; aiding and abetting robbery of U.S. Mail; along with four counts of aiding and abetting assault on a federal officer.
Ahearn admitted to shooting the U.S. Mail carrier as she was delivering mail because she would not give him her cell phone. She is still recovering from the gunshot wound that pierced both her legs.
Ahearn left the scene in her pickup truck, which had her purse, personal items and a "considerable amount" of mail. His co-defendent Sarah Richford, 27, followed him in a Toyota Venza.
A United States postal inspector spotted the Toyota Venza at a restaraunt near the location of the shooting just two days later. The inspector tried to make an investigative stop, but Ahearn fired a handgun in the direction of the federal officer, leading to a 19-mile-long high-speed pursuit. He and Richford avoided arrest.
Employees of a local motel told investigators about a large amount of mail and a handgun in one of the motel rooms. The same day investigators recovered the Toyota Venza and later found Ahearn, Richford and Piper Lee, 41, leave the motel in a yellow Volkswagen. San Antonio police tried to stop the trio, but Ahearn fired more shots and led authorities on another high-speed chase. The three defendants abandoned the car inside the parking garage of a local mall and avoided arrest again.
Police arrested Ahearh, Richford and Lee without incident Feb. 15, 2017, in a parking lot of a different motel.
Ahearn faces 20 years in federal prison. Richford faces federal charges of aiding and abetting carjacking; aiding and abetting use of a firearm during a crime of violence; aiding and abetting robbery of U.S. Mail; and two counts of aiding and abetting assault on a federal officer.