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Guilty Plea In Postal Assault

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Connecticut has pleaded guilty to assaulting the Hartford postmaster last October while asking for his job back.

Fifty-two-year-old Richard Covill of East Windsor pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport Wednesday to assaulting a federal official. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for April 18.

Authorities say Covill went to Hartford’s main post office on Weston Street on Oct. 18 after he had lost his job. He took a restricted elevator to the third floor, where he confronted Postmaster Judith Martin and asked to be rehired.

Police say Martin asked Covill to leave, but he pushed her.

Martin hit her head on a desk while falling and needed stitches to close a wound on her forehead.

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