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Trussville mail thieves sentenced

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Two women who were indicted in July 2013 for possessing stolen mail in Trussville were sentenced Wednesday.

Toya Laparris Shepard, 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon to three years of supervised probation, including six months of home detention. Shepard was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and be responsible for paying $29.69 in restitution to the resident who was to have received a pair of Chico’s pants, which were stolen.

Shayla Daughtry
photo courtesy of Trussville Police Department

Shayla Monique Daughtry, 23, was sentenced by Kallon to the time she had already served in jail and two years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay $29.69 in restitution to the resident. Daughtry remains in jail because of state charges in unrelated cases, including theft of property, according to Kent Faulk of The Birmingham News.

Shepard and Daughtry were originally charged with possessing stolen mail and clothing removed from a package that had been stolen from the mail in Trussville on July 27, 2013.

Toya Shepard
photo courtesy of Trussville Police Department

According to plea agreements, a Trussville resident observed someone in the passenger side of a vehicle take mail from her mailbox. The vehicle then drove away and the resident followed while calling Trussville police. The resident then observed items being thrown from the vehicle’s passenger side. Trussville police officers stopped the vehicle shortly afterward, according to plea agreements. Shepard was the passenger. An infant and toddler were also in the vehicle.

Police recovered a pair of Chico’s pants and some medical scrubs from the vehicle, according to plea agreements.

When the two were indicted, it was announced that the maximum penalty for possessing stolen mail was five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Trussville Police Department investigated the case.

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