OAKLAND — Kevin Allan Fowler was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison for the armed robbery of a United States Postal Service mail carrier, U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Inspector announced by Acting San Francisco Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) -Charge Kevin Rho. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr.
Fowler, 31, a resident of East Bay, was charged by federal information on April 13, 2022 with the armed robbery of a mail carrier that occurred on Merritt Avenue in Oakland on December 2, 2021. The prosecution alleged that Fowler had used a pistol in the robbery.
On June 15, 2022, Fowler entered a plea deal and pleaded guilty to the armed robbery. In his plea agreement, Fowler admitted that on December 2, 2021, he walked past a letter carrier as she approached a building to deliver mail. He then returned and approached the postman. Fowler demanded that she hand over her keys. When she refused, Fowler admits he pulled out and brandished a handgun. The postman then handed over his vehicle keys and two USPS keys. Fowler flees.
The government described in its sentencing note that Fowler’s vehicle was identified through surveillance footage and pulled over a few days later by officers from the Oakland Police Department. When arrested, Fowler had a loaded P80 9mm magazine and a counterfeit USPS mail key. The keys stolen from the victim’s postman were not found, but the victim was able to identify Fowler as the thief.
In addition to the 51-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Gilliam ordered Fowler to serve five years under supervision upon his release from prison and to pay compensation to the victim. Fowler was in custody during his sentencing hearing and immediately begins serving his prison sentence.
Evan Mateer is the Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting the case, with help from Christine Tian and Soana Katoa. The charge is the result of an investigation by the USPIS and the Oakland Police Department.
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