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Judge Rejects Ex-Postal Worker Plea Agreement

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has rejected a plea agreement calling for probation for a former Iowa postal employee who stole dozens of greeting cards that contained cash.
   U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ruled last week that sentencing Charmagne LaPoint to probation would ignore the non-economic harm she caused people who never received cards from loved ones.
   He says LaPoint's proposed sentence was based too much on the dollar amount of $1,200 that she admitted embezzling.
   Bennett says that it's one thing to steal money but another "to steal someone's emotional support in times of joy, celebration, grief or danger."
   Bennett says he might accept an agreement calling for less than six months behind bars for LaPoint, a single mother who worked at the post office in the northern Iowa town of Wesley.

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