Former Postmaster Sentenced for Conspiracy

thumb_afedc9f02e182f2The former postmaster of Eagle Rock in Barry County is sentenced in federal court for conspiring to burglarize a convenience store.

Fifty-one-year-old Michael Joe Stubblefield of Cassville receives a sentence of 3 years and 8 months in federal prison without parole.

Stubblefield pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to commit robbery and to transporting stolen goods.

According to federal prosecutors, Stubblefield met with confidential informants cooperating with law enforcement, to coordinate a staged robbery at Uncle Roy’s Convenience Store. The meetings took place in March of 2012, while Stubblefield was employed as the Eagle Rock postmaster.

Stubblefield reportedly asked the informants for detailed information about the location of cameras, closing operations and employee schedules at the store. Stubblefield asked co-conspirators to deposit cash and other items related to the planned robbery in the USPS drop box, of which he had exclusive access.

During the investigation it was determined that Stubblefield had also intercepted and stole at least 2 shipments of precious metals bound for THR Associates, a company that buys gold and silver items. The items were sold for more than 6-thoushand 400 dollars.

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