A man convicted of being part of a marijuana distribution scheme that involved a Fitchburg man who vanished in 2004 was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison.
Jacob R. Stadfeld, 34, said nothing when offered the opportunity to speak by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, who sentenced him for taking part in a conspiracy that brought hundreds of pounds of pot from Canada and the East Coast to Madison.
Most of the marijuana was delivered to Amos Mortier, who provided it to others, including Stadfeld, to sell.
Crabb described Stadfeld as someone who was difficult to know, a "salesman" who presented himself differently to different people.
"I think you are extremely self-centered and interested in your own well being, and everybody takes a back row to your needs," Crabb said.
Mortier, 27, was last seen at his Fitchburg home in November 2004. Police consider Stadfeld a suspect in Mortier's disappearance. Federal prosecutors pondered arguing at Stadfeld's sentencing hearing that he was responsible for Mortier's presumed death, which could have added up to 20 additional years to Stadfeld's sentence.
U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said he decided, however, that while prosecutors believe Stadfeld lied about his whereabouts at the time Mortier was last known to be alive, they did not have enough evidence to prove the murder enhancement.
Stadfeld's attorneys argued that obstruction of justice should not have been a factor in Stadfeld's sentence, but Crabb said Stadfeld had made several false statements to investigators at the time of Mortier's disappearance and to Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker during a hearing in court last year.
Stadfeld is also scheduled for a trial next month on wire fraud and perjury charges for alleged acts committed while he was free and awaiting trial in the marijuana case.
Stadfeld's lawyers have said they will likely appeal his conviction.