An Indianapolis man who was upset he was not receiving his mail has pleaded guilty to gunning down a US Postal Service mail carrier.
Tony Cushingberry, 23, entered the plea for second-degree murder on Wednesday in connection with the April 2020 killing of mail carrier Angela Summers.
Court documents stated that Cushingberry was angry that postal workers were not delivering mail to his address because of an aggressive small dog, according to federal prosecutors.
The US Postal Service had sent letters warning the dog’s owners to secure the pet, before suspending mail delivery at the residence.
On April 27, 2020, Cushingberry confronted Summers, 45, about his missing mail and then pursued her onto a neighbor’s porch, prompting her to spray the man with mace.
Cushingberry then pulled a handgun 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 only wanted to scare her.
“Letter carrier Summers was a dedicated public servant simply doing her job when she was senselessly murdered,” U.S. Attorney Zachary Myers stated.
Summers, who also taught Sunday school, was survived by her daughter. She did not have life insurance from the USPS at the time of her death, reported Fox59.
“We hope that this case’s resolution will serve as a deterrent to those criminal actors who threaten the fundamental right of a safe work environment for our nation’s postal employees,” USPS Inspector-in-Charge Rodney Hopkins said.
Cushingberry faces a maximum of life in federal prison. His sentencing date hasn’t been set.