Former Oakland mayor sentenced to probation

Bill Mullins
Bill Mullins

By Jamel Major - bio | email

SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - A former Mid-South mayor, convicted of official misconduct, was sentenced Wednesday morning.  Judge J. Weber McCraw sentenced former Oakland Mayor Bill Mullins, 66, to one year of probation after his conviction on three counts of official misconduct.

Mullins' would not comment as he left the courtroom with his wife, Rachel Mullins, and his sister, Kay Sullins.

"My husband is a good man," Rachel Mullins said. "In my opinion has done nothing wrong.  I wasn't expecting justice to be done today, but it was."

"I think he should have gotten off totally free," his sister added. "I don't think he did anything wrong other than try to work two jobs.  If that's a crime, then a lot of us are guilty."

Mullins was the mayor of Oakland from 1993 to until he was convicted on March 26 in connection with indirectly receiving payment from the town for repairing an Oakland police car transmission.

Inside the courtroom Wednesday, several character witnesses took the stand on Mullins' behalf.  Defense attorneys argued Mullins was a perfect candidate for probation, citing he had health problems and he served the city well by helping it grow for 18 years as mayor.

"He's done a lot of good for the community," attorney Henry Klein said. "He made a mistake. He's paid for the mistake and so he'll have to live with that."

Prosecutors said that what Mullins did was criminal and that it was not simply a "mistake."

Mullins will not be able to hold any elected or appointed office for 10 years.

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