Former Columbia postmaster pleads guilty to theft

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 9:18 a.m. CDT; updated 12:47 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

COLUMBIA — A Columbia postmaster has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stealing charge that stemmed from the theft of clothing and sunglasses from the Macy's department store in the city.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that 55-year-old Joyce M. Herron, of Mexico, Mo., entered the plea Tuesday in city court.

She was sentenced to two days in the Boone County Jail. But she will be allowed to avoid jail time if she isn't arrested for stealing for 18 months, pays all court costs and completes a stealing offenders program and 25 hours of community service.

Herron told the court she had completed close to 200 hours of community service over the summer.

Herron was put on emergency placement without pay after her arrest in March. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service in April.


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