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Cobb Man to Serve 5 Years in Prison for Punching Cop

Gary Dewayne Mullis, who had five prior felony convictions, punched an officer in the face at a South Marietta Parkway gas station in 2012.

Gary Dewayne Mullis. Credit: Cobb County jail
Gary Dewayne Mullis. Credit: Cobb County jail
Patch Staff Report

According to Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds, a Marietta man will serve five years in prison after being convicted of punching a Marietta police officer.

A Cobb jury convicted Gary Dewayne Mullis, 65, of one count of obstruction earlier this month. Assistant District Attorney Lauryn Perry, who prosecuted the case, said the evidence showed that on the evening of Oct. 1, 2012, Mullis was accosting people for money at the RaceTrac gas station at 749 South Marietta Parkway.

Marietta Police Officer B. Vaughan testified that he approached Mullis simply to speak to him and possibly cite him for criminal trespass. But Mullis disobeyed commands not to put his hands in his pockets, and then punched the officer in the face and a scuffle ensued. Mullis pulled off the officer’s radio, and an ammunition magazine. However, 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, then sentenced Mr. Mullis as a recidivist to the maximum penalty of five years to serve in prison.

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

noneofyr May 31, 2014 at 04:47 PM
"Accosting people for money" aka begging. Good job trying to make it sound sinister though. But I guess it's convenient to make it sound sinister if you are going to call armed state thugs to deal with someone reaching out for you for help because you are too much of a worthless coward to simply turn them down yourself. I wonder how many years the cops who just put that toddler in a coma are going to spend in jail? (hint: it won't be 5. or any.)
Dan R. June 02, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Yeah, this is a real shame ! Only could give the guy 5years. It's a shame it couldn't have been more. He cold cocked a person who was doing his job of serving the public.

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