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December 20, 2001

A former postal employee in Michigan has admitted to splattering porcupine feces and worms on co-workers after being fired for poor job performance, according to the Associated Press.

The former employee, James M. Beal, pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court to four counts of assaulting or impeding a federal worker. He faces three to 12 years in prison when sentenced in March.

Beal, 62, told Judge Gordon J. Quist that he was angry about being fired Oct. 17 as relief postmaster in Empire, a town about 225 miles northwest of Detroit. The day after the firing, he returned with two 5-gallon buckets filled with feces and worms and splattered his former co-workers. He had gathered the sludge in the woods.

"I let my anger with this sort of overrule my judgments," Beal told the judge.

The judge called Beal's actions "reprehensible" and "extraordinarily demeaning," adding, "People die from this kind of stuff."

Source: Associated Press article, via the San Francisco Chronicle


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