Whispers Member Accused Of Stealing Postal Truck With Millions In Valuables
Whispers group member Leaveil Degree pleaded guilty today (July 12, 1980) to charges that he conspired to steal a U.S. postal truck, with $1.8 million worth of valuables in it.
Leaveil Degree appeared in Federal District Court in Los Angeles over the charges, where he pleaded guilty.
The postal truck in question contained over $1.8 million in jewels, furs and other valuables.
Leaveil Degree, 31 and his brother David, 24, were arrested in March of 1980 and charged with possessing over $300,000 of the stolen money.
The U.S. Attorney General claimed that another $1.5 million was missing from the mail truck, which was stolen on December 27, 1979.
Leaveil Degree managed to escape serious jail time, by cutting a deal with the government, who agreed to drop the conspiracy charges.
But Judge Irving Hill made Leaveil Degree and his twin brother David agree to co-operate in a bid to recover the stolen booty.
Leaveil was sentenced to four months, while his brother David received four years.