GREENEVILLE — A former Fall Branch postal worker, who broke into packages and stole prescription pain medication meant for military veterans, will not be spending any more time in jail for her crime, a federal judge ruled last week.
Lithia Daugherty, 48, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in July on one count of delaying or destroying mail. Daugherty agreed to plead guilty to the charge in early October and received her sentence last week.
Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced Daugherty to time served, three years probation and 100 hours of community service. Greer also ordered Daugherty to pay approximately $90 in restitution. Daugherty had served 28 days in jail prior to sentencing.
Though Daugherty faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, a pre-sentence report conducted by the U.S. Probation office stated imprisonment was not required in Daugherty’s case and recommended a sentence of 0 to 6 months in prison.
The prosecution and defense attorneys both agreed with this assessment.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.