HR Strange But True!
March 14, 2002

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 Leno.

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 chuckle.

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

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