Man convicted of postal theft serving two years probation and 100 hours community service

Sentencing typically sits at 5 years maximum prison time for mail theft

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - After a lengthy criminal probe documented by 9 Investigates involving numerous cases of mail theft, 42-year-old Kirk Baird is walking away from federal court with two years probation and 100 hours of community service. 
 
The maximum sentencing for a crime of this nature is five years in prison but due to special circumstances, Baird was let off easy.
 
Judge Mark Bennett said he considered Baird's care for his teenage son who has cerebral palsy, his wife at home who gave an emotional letter advocating for her husband's true and honest nature, the fact that Baird has a new job working for a manufacturing company seven days a week with 12 hour days, and the fact that Baird had no criminal history prior to this case. 
 
Baird had been an employee of the postal service since 2001 with the mail thefts last year being the first time committing this kind of act. 
 
Victims of the mail thefts believe he deserves a second chance; many of who mailed in letters saying "losing his job is enough punishment", and "being a convicted felon for the rest of his life should suffice."
 
Back in October when 9 Investigates first uncovered cases of postal thefts, not everyone felt the same. 
 
"I'm putting my trust into these people trying to think that they're going to get my gift to whoever I'm sending it to safe and together. I don't think I'll be sending any more gifts or money," says  Desiree Dean, postal customer. 
 
Baird publicly apologized to the victims he stole from and the postal service as a whole in court Friday afternoon, to which Judge Bennett responded, "Mr. Baird has been a model citizen. This is totally out of context from the rest of his life."
 
Baird and his attorney didn't comment to 9 Investigates after his court appearance, but the judge reiterated that despite his mess up, Baird had otherwise been an upstanding citizen. 

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