ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — A Wytheville couple will be spending more than a year in federal prison after authorities found them with stolen mail, including letters from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) says 35-year-old Joseph Arthur Manning was sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Meanwhile, Manning’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Caitlyn Page Turner, will spend 18 months behind bars and then three years under supervised release.
According to court documents, on Dec. 28, 2021, a victim told the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office they saw two individuals steal mail from their mailbox before driving off in a Kia Optima.
Shortly after the call, Wythe County deputies reportedly conducted a traffic stop on a Kia Optima, with Manning and Turner inside the vehicle.
During the traffic stop, the deputies recovered 63 pieces of mail from 32 different addresses in the Barren Springs area, as well as marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine, the DOJ says.
The United States Postal Inspection Service’s Washington Division and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was then prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena L. Busscher.