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A jury found a Miami man guilty in the 2010 murder of Miami letter carrier Bruce Parton, authorities said Thursday.
Pikerson Mentor, 30, was convicted on all 14 counts filed against him in the homicide of Parton, the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Justice said.
The charges Mentor was convicted on include the murder of a federal government employee while in the course of his duties, carjacking, theft of a key for a Postal Service mail receptacle, and robbery, firearm and fraud charges, the Department of Justice said.
Parton, a 30-year Postal Service veteran, was shot by Mentor while delivering mail to the Monte Carlo condominiums at 482 NW 165th Street Road in Golden Glades on Dec. 6, 2010, the Postal Service said in a statement Thursday.
“The murder of Bruce Parton was a callous and unnecessary act, resulting in the death of a hard-working and dedicated public servant. Bruce Parton was murdered so that the defendants could execute their scheme to steal identities to commit tax refund and other financial frauds,” U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer said in a statement. “I hope that today’s verdict brings some solace and a sense of justice to Mr. Parton’s family. Public servants like Mr. Parton are often unsung heroes. Their dedication and commitment to service, often at great personal sacrifice, are deeply appreciated by all of us.”
After Mentor shot the letter carrier, he and his accomplices stole Parton’s postal master key, or arrow key, and the keys to his postal truck, according to the Department of Justice.
During the seven-day trial, which included about 40 witnesses, co-conspirator Saubnet Politesse confirmed that Mentor had shot the victim, the Department of Justice said.
“In addition, witnesses explained how the defendants used the stolen master key to enter mailboxes to steal private financial and personal identification information and to intercept debit cards loaded with fraudulently obtained tax refunds,” the agency said.
Politesse previously pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31, the Department of Justice added.
Mentor is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 27, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.