- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two former U.S. Postal Service employees in New Mexico have been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to destruction of mail.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Christopher Vigil, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine.

They say 33-year-old Alonzo Gallegos, of Pena Blanca, was sentenced to six months’ probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine.

Prosecutors say Vigil admitted to intentionally opening mail not directed to him last Aug. 15 in Bernalillo County and using his position as an employee of a postal unit to steal a gift card.

They say Gallegos admitted to delaying or destroying mail and newspapers in Santa Fe County between last Sept. 24-27.

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