Ex-postmaster indicted by jury
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.