Marietta man sentenced to five years for punching police officer
by Rachel Gray
June 02, 2014 12:00 AM | 2802 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gary Mullis
Gary Mullis
MAREITTA — A Marietta man will serve five years in prison on one count of obstruction for punching a Marietta police officer.

A Cobb jury convicted Gary Mullis, 65, of one count of obstruction earlier this month.

Assistant District Attorney Lauryn Perry, who prosecuted the case, said the evidence showed on the evening of Oct. 1, 2012, Mullis accosted people for money at the RaceTrac gas station at 749 South Marietta Parkway.

Marietta Police Officer B. Vaughan testified he approached Mullis to speak to him and possibly cite him for criminal trespass.

Vaughan said Mullis disobeyed commands not to put his hands in his pockets. He then punched the officer in the face and a scuffle ensued, Vaughan said.

Vaughan said Mullis pulled off the officer’s radio and an ammunition magazine. But, jurors acquitted him of a charge of attempted removal of a weapon.

At sentencing Thursday afternoon, Perry provided evidence of Mullis’ five prior felony convictions.

Judge Marsha Lake, a Cobb State Court judge who was sitting as a Superior Court judge, sentenced Mullis as a recidivist to the maximum penalty of five years to serve in prison.

“Cobb County is not going to tolerate your behavior,” Lake told Mullis.

Mullis was represented by Marietta attorney John Griffin.

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