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DENVER POSTAL WORKER CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING

A fired postal worker who held seven people hostage in a mail sorting facility in Denver for 10 hours on Christmas Eve was charged Monday with kidnapping and using a firearm during a violent crime.

David Jackson, 42, was ordered held in custody by a federal magistrate during a brief court appearance.

Jackson was heavily armed and prepared to die during the ordeal, according to a postal inspector's sworn statement.

"He stated he concluded that Christmas Eve was a good day to die," Inspector Joseph Striby wrote.

Authorities said Jackson took the five men and two women postal employees hostage during a shift change in retaliation for being fired 18 months ago.

Jackson released the hostages after talking with negotiators and surrendered to police.

"(He) stated he would not have fired a shot and would have let law enforcement kill him," Striby said.

The inspector disclosed, however, that Jackson fired at least two shots into a ceiling because he thought someone was in the space above the office where he was holding the hostages.

He had a shotgun, two pistols, a large hunting knife, brass knuckles and body armor in addition to 100 rounds of ammunition, Striby said. Jackson admitted that he had taken cocaine and drunk alcohol before entering the postal facility.

For the kidnapping charge, Jackson could face a maximum of life in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. For the firearms charge, he could face five years in prison.

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