Post Office Robber Gets 25-Year Term

A Riverside man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the May 28 robbery of the Victory Center Station post office in North Hollywood.

James Lee Lacy, 25, who pleaded guilty to a single count of robbing a post office, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler in Los Angeles. The charge carried a mandatory 25-year prison sentence.

Lacy was arrested by off-duty police officers waiting in line in the post office who saw him ask postal clerks at gunpoint to put money in a bag. John Walter, Lacy’s attorney, said two other federal charges against Lacy were dropped before the sentencing. The charges, which related to Lacy’s use of a gun in the robbery and his alleged status under federal law as a “career criminal,” carried possible penalties of up to 20 years in prison without possibility of parole.

Walter said Lacy will be eligible for parole after serving a third of his sentence.