KC man guilty of firing shot from pistol and threatening mail carrier

A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to threatening U.S. Postal Service letter carrier with a gun.

Timothy LaBlance, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City to a charge of assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon.

According to his plea agreement, Lablance had complained for several months about his letter carrier.

Then on Oct. 10, 2015, as the letter carrier was making his rounds in the 4000 block of Myrtle Avenue, LaBlance came outside with a gun in his hand and began yelling at the postal service employee.

He continued to yell threats and profanities and fired one shot in the air, according to the plea agreement.

When questioned later by investigators, LaBlance admitted to making threats and firing a shot from a .22-caliber handgun that investigators found in his house.

A sentencing date has not been set. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc