Kingdom City man sentenced for robbing post office employee

3 years 1 month 4 days ago Tuesday, April 21 2015 Apr 21, 2015 Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:03:00 PM CDT April 21, 2015 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A district judge sentenced a Kingdom City man Tuesday for robbing an employee at the Kingdom City post office.

United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson said U.S. District Judge Stephen R. bough sentenced 39-year-old Lucas Branstetter to seven years in federal prison without parole.

Dickinson said Branstetter went into the Kingdom City post office on July 19, 2014, and gave a postal employee a note that said, "This is a robbery." The employee put $310 from the cash drawer into Branstetter's backpack who then left on a motorcycle.

According to court documents, Laclede County Sheriff's deputies arrested Branstetter on July 21, 2014 for possessing stolen property after they responded to a call of a suspicious person sleeping behind a local church. A stolen motorcycle was also parked behind the church. The Blue Springs Police Department had an active warrant for Branstetter for forgery at the time of this arrest.

Dickinson said Branstetter has been convicted of at least 12 felonies, including four prior felony convictions for burglary and a prior felony conviction for robbery, as well as numerous misdemeanors.

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