OXFORD – An Alabama woman will spend the next 22 years in a federal prison for robbing a rural Pontotoc County post office and shooting the postmaster in 2016.
Angela Roy, 36, of Wilmer, Alabama, was sentenced Thursday to 270 months for her part in the Sept. 23, 2016, armed robbery of the Randolph Post Office. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills sentenced Roy to serve consecutive 150-month and 120-month terms for aiding and abetting in the armed robbery and discharge of a firearm during that robbery.
According to investigators, Roy and Richard Thomas Scott, 39, robbed the Randolph Post Office and shot postmaster Virginia Duff in the process. Evidence showed that Roy contacted the post office to make sure that it was open just minutes before she and Scott went to the building. Scott then entered the post office, pulled a gun and shot the postmaster while Roy waited outside at the vehicle.
Scott was charged with assault and armed robbery of a postal employee. Roy was charged with aiding and abetting the assault and armed robbery of a postal employee. Each faced up to life in a federal prison for the charges.
Scott pleaded guilty to both charges in August 2017. In February, he was sentenced to 195 months (16 years). Roy did not accept a plea agreement, choosing to go to trial.
During her October 2017 trial in federal court in Oxford, a jury found her guilty. Sentencing was delayed until this week.
“The prosecution of violent criminals is always a top priority in this office and for this Administration,” said U.S. Attorney William C. Lamar. “We appreciate the investigative efforts of our local, state and federal partners that helped ensure that the individuals responsible for this heinous crime have been held accountable for their actions.”
U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez said the sentencing of Roy reinforces the message that criminals directly endangering the lives or safety of Postal Service employees will never be tolerated.
Following the robbery, Roy and Scott fled the area. Postal investigators tracked the cell phone used to call the post office to Scott, who lived with Roy in Wilmer, Alabama. Records show Roy lived in Randolph in 2011. Scott’s phone pinged a cell tower near Randolph just before the robbery.
Their car was spotted in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on Sept. 27, 2016. The same day, U.S. Marshals took the couple into custody at an apartment complex in Lockport, Louisiana.