- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho woman who mailed a loaded handgun that discharged within the package while being handled by a U.S. Postal Service employee has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Forty-seven-year-old Tami Dee Bachart of McCall also on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boise was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service, pay $3,400 in restitution and a $1,000 fine.

Bachart pleaded guilty May 12 to mailing injurious articles and causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson says Bachart mailed a Ruger Blackhawk .357-caliber revolver in December to Connecticut. But at a processing center in Springfield, Mass., it fired when an employee picked it up.

The employee wasn’t seriously injured but sought medical attention for ringing ears and stinging hands.

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