Jury selection set for January for Bristol man accused of stealing mail

Published on Monday, 23 November 2020 15:18


Jury selection could begin as early as January for a Bristol man who worked as a postal worker when he allegedly stole cash and other valuables from the mail.

Nathaniel Bonilla, 31, entered a plea of not guilty to three counts of theft of mail by a postal employee during a video conference hearing last week, federal court papers said.

Court papers filed following the arraignment, which lasted just under half an hour, indicate jury selection has been set for Jan. 12. Bonilla has been freed on $50,000 bond following a federal grand jury returning an indictment. Among other conditions, he has been ordered not to violate any federal, state or local laws, court papers indicate.

According to officials from the U.S. Attorneys Office, Bonilla worked as a mail processing clerk at the U.S. Postal Service’s Process and Distribution Center in Hartford. While an employee, he allegedly used a razor blade to open pieces of mail before stealing cash, gift cards and prepaid debit cards.

If convicted of all charges, Bonilla could be exposed to as many as 15 years behind bars, federal officials said.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 23 November 2020 15:18. Updated: Monday, 23 November 2020 15:20.