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On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Leigh May honored Alexander’s request that that she be sentenced to no more than 70 months in federal prison. She could have been sentenced to as much as 138 months, but the judge said Alexander was deserving of a break.
“Every person comes to this courtroom with a different story,” May said. “I think you’ve led a very good life. You’re a good person and this crime isn’t the only thing you did.”
May said she was impressed that Alexander had kept a job managing a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant while her case was pending.
As the judge offered her reasons for the sentence, Alexander dabbed her eyes with a tissue and relatives on two benches behind her cried, one of them sobbing audibly.
Before the punishment was announced, Alexander and both her parents asked for mercy.
“I know Cydra knows it’s a horrible thing she did,” said Rochelle Alexander, her mother. “She loved the Post Office… She’s never been in jail. She’s never had a parking ticket. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her.”
Her father, Willie Alexander, said his daughter “got caught up in her own thing. Nobody’s perfect. We all mess up.”
Cydra Alexander said she had “learned” from this experience. “I know what I did was wrong and I just ask you to have mercy on me,” she said.
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Police say this shooting could be linked to similar overnight shootings in Atlanta.
According to court records, in October 2016 fellow postal carrier Kawana Chapman, who pleaded guilty earlier this week, recruited Cydra Alexander by promising her that she could make thousands of dollars redirecting packages that supposedly cocaine and marijuana. The informant told Cydra Alexander he would pay her $1,000 for each package containing two kilograms of cocaine once a week. She would get another $500 for each delivery by any co-workers she brought into the operation; Cydra Alexander recruited her co-worker Frank Webb, who pleaded guilty last month.
Cydra Alexander made three deliveries in October and November 2016, earning $1,000 for each one. She got an additional $1,500 for three deliveries Webb made.
The judge ruled Cydra Alexander had to forfeit the $4,500 she collected. She will spend an additional four years under supervision once she is released from prison.