LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — An East Texas teenager faces up to 10 years in prison for shooting a postal worker in the leg as she delivered mail last fall.

The Lufkin News (http://bit.ly/1IueFq2 ) reports 17-year-old Jaylon Carroll Wortham of Lufkin pleaded guilty Thursday to assault in a plea deal.

Lufkin police say Lindsey Guthery was wearing a U.S. Postal Service uniform when she was shot last November while walking her route. She was treated for a wound to her left leg.

Wortham initially denied targeting the carrier and told police he used an air rifle to shoot at a bird or a squirrel.

Wortham, who was tried as an adult in the felony case, pleaded guilty to assault against a government employee and awaits sentencing.