Ex-postmaster indicted by jury

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Last Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted Michael Joe Stubblefield, 49, of Cassville, for conspiring to rob a convenience store in Barry County. Stubblefield formerly served as Eagle Rock postmaster. Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the superseding indictment filed in the southwest division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in March, Stubblefield "knowingly and willfully conspired and agreed with one or more persons to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce by robbery."

The court document also alleges that Stubblefield unlawfully took and obtained money from employees of the Uncle Roy's convenience store in Eagle Rock "against their will by means of actual and threatened force, violence and fear of injury."

A second count in the superseding indictment says that Stubblefield unlawfully transported stolen goods, wares and merchandise in the amount of $5,000 or more into Missouri from Arkansas.

Acoording to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Stubblefield met with confidential informants for the purpose of coordinating a staged robbery or burglary at the convenience store by utilizing an employee's access information to gain entry after the store was closed. After the employee was terminated, Stubblefield allegedly abandoned the plan of a staged robbery and began planning a possible take-over robbery.

The case against Stubblefield was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United Sates Postal Service - Office of Inspector General and the Barry County Sheriff's Office.

The superseding indictment states that count one of the indictment, which is a Class C Felony, carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of $250,000. Count two, also a Class C Felony, could result in a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

Stubblefield is currently free on a personal recognizance bond.

View 3 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • Lindsay Reed. To describe me as the Ex-Postmaster of Eagle Rock is incorrect. I am the current Postmaster of Eagle Rock. While it is true, I have been suspended without pay, I have not to my knowledge been replaced! In paragraph three you reported that The court document also alleges that Stubblefield unlawfully took and obtained money from employees of the Uncle Roy's convenience store in Eagle Rock "against their will by means of actual and threatened force, violence and fear of injury." The only thing I have ever taken from Uncle Roy's are some really excellent Philly Cheese Steak sandwich's, some very good Pizza's and Gasoline, all of which I paid for with my own hard earned money! I believe that you may have copied and pasted the court documents of someone else into my story. I have read my indictments several times and I cannot find anywhere in them that state a robbery had occurred as you described, or any robbery having happened for that matter. In paragraph 6 you say that this matter was investigated by The FBI, US Postal Service, Inspector General, and BCSD. I understand that ATF and Dept of Energy was also involved. ATF agents were looking for machine guns and silencer's that do not exist. The Dept.of Energy involvement was an interagency trigger because of some work I was involved with in the Military. I have been registered with the DOE since 1985. The last line in your "story" states Stubblefield is currently free on a personal recognizance bond. I am free on my Own Recognizance only! No Bond is involved. Title 18 of the United States Code Section 3142(b)list two separate release options. One is Own Recognizance the other is Unsecured Appearance Bond. "Bond" implies a financial instrument has been used to secure release from detention . I was released on my word (Own Recognizance) that I would promise to show up for my court date's. Unsecured Appearance Bond was never even mentioned to me. You are blending two separate descriptions into one. A crime such as armed robbery or take over robbery is the most violent of crimes short of murder that one can commit. Most often times people charged with these crimes do not even qualify for any kind of release from custody, but yet I was able to simply give my word, and walk out. Did the Judge know something you did not. Probably! In the future please report only the known facts, or get a job with the National Enquirer.

    Mike Stubblefield, Postmaster Eagle Rock MO

    -- Posted by post4999 on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 1:40 AM
  • You Tell Um Mike Stubblefield If People in Barry County Really knew the truth they would get the hell out of there like we did...All Lies

    -- Posted by kconaway on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 2:17 PM
  • Lindsay Reed

    As one who WOULD know the real facts of this case, though I don't want it to appear as if I'm taking sides with Mr. Stubblefield, you have grossly misstated many of the facts in this case.

    First I'll address your statement of Mike being the 'ex postmaster of Eagle Rock'. As far I'm able to ascertain he has been suspended without pay, not fired, so in that you've truly mislead people to believe that even his employer has already tried and convicted him. Again, not wanting to appear to take his side and not the side of law enforcement, I've known of employees of the US postal service that have been arrested for far worse crimes than those for which he was arrested and they were suspended with full pay and benefits. There has been speculations since his arrest that his Native American heritage hampered his efforts in his desire to move up the ladder in the postal service. Sad to say it may be a factor in this case. Native Americans have always had a tougher time in the justice system from what I've seen. This being said, even I believe that a person is well and truly innocent until found guilty by a jury of his peers.

    Second, you speak of a court document that says he 'unlawfully took money from employees of Uncle Roy's convenience store in Eagle Rock, MO'. There does not exist court documents, records nor charges brought against this man that says what you reported the court document states. He was not charged with taking money from anyone.

    Third, you stated in your 'news article', and I DO use that term lightly in this case... that he was released on a personal recognizance bond. He WAS NOT.

    As a reporter you should know the value of words and the cost it demands when the wrong words or phrases are used. It is all too easy for someone's written word to be believed by folks that rely on the written word of those such as yourself. Things such as what you've written have been used by some as a means of intimidation. You should put a little more thought into checking out your sources and making sure, for everyone's sake, that what you do print, is in fact, accurate.

    This man, Michael Stubblefield, was released on his own recognizance... please feel free to look up the difference between the two. Without a doubt you WILL learn something.

    Even those in law enforcement, the ones who take their jobs seriously and take pride in, each day, getting up, going out there an doing their job to the best of their ability, I'm sure would not fail to agree with me that it's one thing to be a good reporter with a well thought out story but it's quite another to just sit down and put down whatever might run through you head after you, maybe, read an article about the case from another source.

    I truly hope you review you article and learn from the mistakes you've printed in this article.

    With all that you've written, why don't we just forget the jury selection process, bypass a trial altogether, why, from your article we have all the proof we need to just take him out and hang him like they used to do cattle rustlers and horse thieves.

    Would save the county a lot of money, now wouldn't it.

    My suggestion to the paper you work for, proofread your articles, it would save them some paper.

    And last but certainly not least... one thing you did say that I agree with whole-heartedly... your instructions ended with ... "to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read." Know the facts of the case, which you evidently DO NOT, if I made my living reporting the news to people... I personally would be ashamed of the way the facts of the case are butchered in this article.

    Freedom of speech is one thing but to come right out and make up things for the sake of having, what? Maybe a longer 'piece' in the paper.

    Put your hands over your eyes grandma. Shame, shame, shame...

    And my grandma would be proud of what I've written!

    -- Posted by old law dog on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 12:51 AM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: