Hartford man sentenced in U.S. Postal Service worker assault

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A file photo of a U.S. Postal Service truck in New Haven, Conn.

A file photo of a U.S. Postal Service truck in New Haven, Conn.

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HARTFORD — A local man will spend more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, prosecutors said.

Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport on Thursday sentenced Demorse Kelley, 39, to 27 months in prison, followed by three months in a halfway house and three years of supervised release.

He pleaded guilty on Jan. 21.

The charge stems from an incident on June 7, 2019.

Authorities said a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was sorting mail inside her van, parked on Sigourney Street in Hartford, when Kelley approached from the sidewalk, slid the door open and started talking to the woman.

Kelley commented on the letter carrier’s appearance, and asked her for a hug and her phone number, officials said. Kelley then climbed into the van and let the door close behind him.

Authorities said during the incident, Kelley touched the letter carrier’s leg, made sexual advances and prevented the woman from leaving the van by blocking her way out. After several minutes, she was able to get out of the van and call police, who took Kelley into custody later that day.

Kelley has been detained since his arrest.