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Woman sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in mail carrier shooting

Sarah Richford, 27, ordered to pay $175,405 restitution

SAN ANTONIO – A 27-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison for the shooting of mail carrier in Spring Branch.

Sarah Richford was also ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia to pay $175,405.92 restitution and be placed on supervised release for five years after completing her prison term, a news release said.

Richford pleaded guilty in February to five federal charges.

A co-defendant, 24-year-old Bradley Ahearn, was sentenced in July to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to seven charges.

Federal officials said Ahearn shot a female mail carrier while she was delivering mail in Spring Branch in February 2017. Ahearn fled the scene in the mail carrier's vehicle and was followed by Richford in a separate vehicle.

A third co-defendant, 41-year-old Piper Lee, was seen on surveillance video picking up Ahearn and Richford at a motel three days after the shooting. The trio was arrested the next day.

Lee remains in federal custody and faces up to 20 years in federal prison. 

Sentencing for Lee is scheduled for Nov. 1.


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