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Man gets jail time for stealing drug at Watertown Post Office

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MASSENA - A Brasher Falls man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to three months in jail for stealing prescription medicine while working as contractor at the Watertown Post Office.

Wayne A. Davis, 52, was also sentenced to three months’ home detention and ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision beyond that for a July 11 guilty plea to theft of United States mail. He was additionally ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

According to court documents, Davis was employed as an independent contractor through Pony Express to deliver mail for the U.S. Postal Service.

During his employment, he opened packages sent by the Veteran’s Administration to see if they contained pain-killing drugs. On Sept. 12, 2012, Mr. Davis found that one of the packages placed on his truck at the Watertown Post Office contained hydrocodone intended for a VA patient. He subsequently stole the drug from the package.

According to a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney, Davis suffered a debilitating injury when he was crushed between two pieces of heavy equipment in 2006 while working for the village of Massena’s Department of Public Works.

The injury went untreated, leaving Mr. Davis in constant pain, according to the memorandum. When he took the stolen hydrocodone, “he felt pain free for the first time in years,” his attorney wrote to the court.

The former Department of Public Works employee had been charged in July 2009 with having a DPW vehicle’s state inspection sticker on his personal vehicle.

Davis was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in February 2010 in Massena Village Court.

He had been charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after he allegedly had an inspection sticker that had initially been affixed to a village of Massena Department of Public Works vehicle taped to the windshield on his personal vehicle. Davis was a DPW employee at the time of the incident on July 20, 2009.

According to court documents, a DPW employee noted the inspection sticker on a DPW vehicle was improperly affixed and upon further review noticed the mileage on the back of the sticker did not appear to correspond to the DPW vehicle.

A review of the department’s Department of Motor Vehicles records revealed it was not the inspection sticker that had initially been placed on that vehicle.

A second DPW employee said he then went and checked the personal vehicles in the parking lot and found the inspection sticker that should have been on the municipal vehicle taped to the windshield of Davis’ S-10 pickup.

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