A 22-year-old local man arrested by Carter County deputies last week after he broke into a rural Lone Grove residence isn’t just facing a second-degree burglary charge in connection with his latest caper. Carter County District Court records show the latest charge against Kirk Mullins could also send him to prison for past misdeeds.
The district attorney’s office has filed two motions to accelerate delayed sentences Mullins earned in 2010 when he pleaded no contest to possession of stolen property and possession of stolen vehicle charges. The delayed sentences were handed down due to Mullins’ young offender status at the time.
However, a conviction in connection with the March 18 burglary could activate those delayed sentences into prison time. Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony said Mullins was arrested within hours of deputies launching an investigation into the Liberty Road residential burglary.
“The residents came home to find a small blue car pulling out of their driveway. The residents didn’t recognize the two people in the car and asked what they were doing at their house. The driver said they were looking for a person named Michael. They were told no one by that named lived there and they left,” Anthony said. “But as the residents entered their house, they saw a man run out the back door and escape through a pasture. That’s when they called us.”
Deputies began searching for the man seen running from the house and also the small blue car.
“They put out a description of the car on the radio, and a short time later, that car was spotted and stopped on South Plainview Road,” Anthony said.
Mullins matched the description of the man seen running from the house. Efforts to escape arrest also earned him a misdemeanor charge of obstruction. He made an initial appearance in district court Wednesday where a $20,000 bond was set.
Mullins’ criminal history also includes a variety of charges in Garvin County ranging from assault to possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and endangering others while eluding. Saturday Carter County Detention Center records showed Mullins remains detained pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of the case.