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Mullins sentenced to 8 years; to serve 6 months house arrest

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The former treasurer for the Coffee County Fair Association was sentenced in Coffee County Circuit Court this week on charges of theft over $60,000.

Kim Mullins

Kim Mullins

Coffee County Circuit Court Judge Craig Johnson sentenced Kimberly Ann Mullins, 37, to an eight year sentence, but she is to serve six months under house arrest, after which time the judge will reevaluate the case to determine whether or not she should face 10 days in custody.  She is also to make restitution of $625 a month until it is paid in full.

The sentence came after Mullins had entered what is called an open plea, which means that rather than a plea agreement between prosecution and defense attorneys she would accept a sentence issued by the judge.

Mullins had previously agreed to pay back $165,000 to the Coffee County Fair. She has reportedly paid $75,000 so far.

She was indicted by the June 2011 term of the Coffee County Grand Jury. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented a case against her to the grand jury after a three-month investigation that came about after allegations were made that money was missing from the fair board.

She entered a guilty plea to the charges.

John Norton III of Shelbyville represented Mullins and Marla Holloway prosecuted the case for the district attorney’s office.