A Buena man was sentenced Friday to more than 19 years in federal prison for assaulting a Hamilton Township postal worker last year.

Lord T. Beyah, 48, of the Landisville section of the borough, was sentenced to 235 months by U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler in Camden.

Beyah, who also goes by Chance Burgess, previously admitted to assaulting a postal employee with intent to rob the post office in the Mizpah section of Hamilton.

In the early afternoon of July 14, 2010, Beyah entered the post office, jumped over the counter, displayed a knife, and demanded money from the employee, who was the only one there at the time, the charges state. After the woman gave him all the money in her cash drawer, Beyah demanded she open the post office's safe. The postal employee opened the safe and then attempted to run out the back door.

Beyah ran after her, dragging her back into the post office and threatening her with a knife, the charges state. After a struggle, the employee was able to pull the knife blade out of the knife and use it to stab Beyah two times in his lower left leg. Beyah then handcuffed the employee to a piece of postal equipment and fled. The employee eventually freed herself and called 911.

The federal prison sentence is to run consecutively with a 10-year state prison term Beyah began serving in August on a weapons charge out of Atlantic County.

Beyah also will be subject to five years of parole supervision upon his release.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman credited postal inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as well as State and Hamilton Township police for the investigation that led to Beyah's plea and sentencing.

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