James Beal, the former postal worker in Michigan who previously won notoriety
in this column for throwing buckets filled with porcupine feces, worms, and
parasites at three coworkers, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison
for the offenses.
Beal, 62, had pleaded guilty in December to three counts of assaulting federal
employees for the Oct. 18 incident, which occurred the day after he was fired
for unsatisfactory work, according to the Grand Rapids Press.
The sentencing came after U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist heard the victims
describe the horror and disgust of being soaked with the fecal matter. They
also spoke of the embarrassment they endured when the incident gained national
attention; there was even a mention on "The Tonight Show" with Jay
Tanis Lehmann was the Cedar, Mich., postmaster but happened to be visiting
the Empire post office the day the attack occurred there. Beal already had soaked
Postmaster Virginia Raz and clerk Lorna BonJernoor and was returning to the
office with a third bucket. Lehmann testified that she she stood 5 feet away
from Beal, trying to reason with him as Raz and BonJernoor screamed.
"I said 'Jim don't. Jim, don't,'" she said. She testified that Beal
just glared at her then threw the fecal matter, drenching her from head to toe.
The matter "felt like it was permeating your skin," she said.
The Press reported that as the victims testified, Beal would smile and sometimes
Grand Rapids Press