August 1, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Louis County jury has convicted Mark Starkey, 47, of four counts of aggravated stalking. The jury recommended the maximum sentence of four years imprisonment on each count.
Koster said Starkey, a resident of Victoria, Texas, was accused of harassing his ex-wife’s boyfriend in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, by sending him and his family members pornographic and threatening letters in which he threatened, among other things, to have the boyfriend’s daughters and granddaughters raped. After Starkey was charged with aggravated stalking in Butler County, he repeatedly sent faxes and made threatening phone calls to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, in which he threatened to blow up the courthouse unless the aggravated harassment charges were dismissed against him. He also sent pornographic and threatening letters to the homes and to the wives of the Butler County prosecuting attorney, the assistant prosecuting attorney, and the judge presiding over his case, including threats to kill them.
The Attorney General’s Office was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, and venue for the case was changed to St. Louis County. St. Louis County Judge James R. Hartenbach will sentence Starkey on September 7. Starkey was previously convicted in federal court of using an instrument of commerce to threaten to blow up a building.
Koster acknowledged Assistant Attorneys General Sue Boresi and Dave Hansen for their work on the case.