Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Interstate Stalking
PORTLAND, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that William McBroom-Stees, 42, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court to interstate stalking. The defendant was indicted on June 3 and a superseding indictment was returned on September 10.
According to the superseding indictment and evidence introduced at the plea hearing, between November 9 and November 21, 2013, McBroom-Stees made threatening telephone calls from Missouri to his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child while she was driving from Illinois to Rockland, Maine, where she was relocating. In the calls and text messages, McBroom-Stees threatened to kill and harm her, her immediate family, and others. On November 13, McBroom- Stees threatened that if she did not return to Missouri by their child’s birthday, he would “start the worst f***ing bloodbath in America” and dared the police to come after him. That call was recorded by the victim with the help of a Knox County Sheriff’s Office detective. Phone records revealed McBroom-Stees placed hundreds of calls and sent numerous text messages to the victim, many of which were threatening, causing substantial emotional distress to the victim and her family.
McBroom-Stees faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Rockland Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.