LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former U.S. Postal Service supervisor was sentenced today to 11 years behind bars for participating in two armed robberies and one theft of USPS trucks carrying cash -- heists that caused nearly a quarter million dollars in losses and significant trauma to one of its victims who later took his own life.
William Crosby IV, 33, of Inglewood was also ordered by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero to pay $238,457 in restitution.
Crosby -- who worked at both the Dockweiler and Wagner post office branches -- pleaded guilty in July to robbery of United States property and use of a gun in a crime of violence.
Crosby admitted participating in the armed robbery of a USPS truck driver who was forced to stop on a Harbor (110) Freeway off-ramp on March 1, 2018. He also admitted involvement in the Feb. 1, 2018, armed robbery of a Postal Service driver, as well as the burglary of a Postal Service truck on Aug. 1, 2017. Those crimes caused cash losses of nearly $240,000, according to court documents.
As a former supervisor, Crosby knew when the Postal Service transported cash generated from the sale of money orders and USPS merchandise --
information that is not known to all Postal Service employees, according to prosecutors.
“These violent episodes left lasting impressions on the (victim) USPS drivers, including one, who according to his loved ones and his supervisor, suffered extreme emotional trauma after the robbery before he ... tragically took his own life,” prosecutors wrote in the government's sentencing memorandum.
Crosby and his 28-year-old half brother were named in an eight-count indictment unsealed in November. Myron Crosby, of Athens, pleaded guilty in August to one count of robbery of United States property and is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 25.