Man Who Shot Spring Branch Mail Carrier Sentenced

The man who led a crime spree that terrorised the city for several days last year and ended with a mail carrier in Spring Branch nursing gunshot wounds, today was sentenced to twenty years in federal prison, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The FBI says Bradley Ahern was looking for personal information and tax refund checks when he started stealing mail from mail boxes in the north side suburb in February of 2017.At one point he and two accomplices shot mail carrier Maria Sebastian, then led police and federal agencies on a wild chase down US 281 into San Antonio, which included firing shots at pursuing officers, firing shots that hit the window of a restaurant at Loop 410 and Broadway, and also managing to evade police in the parking garage of North Star Mall, forcing the mall to be locked down.

Sebastian told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board that she is fine the with the sentence.

"It fired up my spiritual life and I am happy to have it inside me," she said of the harrowing incident.  "So he did me a favor."

Ahearn and his accomplises were arrested by San Antonio Police when their car was spotted outside a motel on the near south side.The accomplices are awaiting sentencing.

"I do hope he doesn't hurt anyone else," Sebastian said of Ahearn.  "We can't control any of that.  We can only control what's in our hearts."

Ahearn, in a statement in court, blamed the crime spree on drug addiction.

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