Mullins receives 1-year sentence for assaulting former partner/lover
HURON COUNTY — Former Michigan State Police Trooper Adam Stephen Mullin, 26, was sentenced to one year in jail in the Huron County Circuit Courtroom Dec. 2 on several charges, including domestic assault.
The charges in the case stem from an incident that occurred Feb. 10, 2018, in which Mullin threw his victim — his MSP partner whom he was having an affair with — six feet across the room in the Bad Axe MSP detachment. The attack left the victim with injuries to her head and back.
Later in the evening, Mullin and the victim conducted a traffic stop under false pretenses to cover up the assault.
Mullin was arrested two days after the incident, when the victim reported the incident to a coworker on the force.
A five-man, seven-woman jury found Mullin guilty of assault and battery, aggravated domestic assault, obstruction of justice, and resisting and obstructing a police officer causing injury. Prior to the two-hour deliberation by the jury, Mullin had also faced one count of assault with the intent to do great bodily harm less than murder — a 10-year felony. However, the jury instead convicted Mullin on the lesser offense of assault and battery.
Mullin was a graduate of the 131st Trooper Recruit School and had served on the force since 2016. He was also married at the time of the incident.
Before the court sentenced Mullin, both the defense and prosecution made statements and argued matters in the sentencing guidelines before the court heard letters from the victim and Mullin.
Prior to Mullin addressing the court, his attorney spoke on Mullin’s clear record and stated that Mullin was under great stress that was self-induced, and has since lost everything because of his actions.
“As a trooper he never abused or had a misconduct charge against him,” Matthew Norwood said.
Norwood said because of Mullin’s conviction, he will never be able to work as an officer of the law, a career in which he was highly decorated.
“This is a domestic violence case,” Norwood said. “It happens to be state troopers, who unfortunately are held to a higher level, but they are both human.”
Later in the proceedings Michigan Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark told the court that this wasn’t only a domestic violence case, but much more.
“The defendant attacked his partner while on duty as a MSP trooper,” she said.
During Mullin’s address to the court, he apologized to his victim and the MSP.
“My actions were deplorable and much lower than I have conducted myself with my life,” he said. “My dream was always to become a MSP trooper.”
Mullin said he is “broken, humbled and extremely disappointed” in his actions and that he takes full responsibility for his actions. However, a few minutes later Mullin turned the table as he blamed the leadership at the MSP Caro Post.
Following Mullin’s statement, the Judge called him out on placing blame with the MSP, and added that his actions have tarnished the reputation of all in law enforcement, and left his victim facing lifelong physical and mental injuries.
When the victim addressed the court, she alleged that Mullin was a manipulative narcissist who has abused other women as well.
“When I tried to get a new partner, he threatened suicide,” she stated at one point.
According to the victim, the abuse left her unable to walk on her own for 30 days and she had to receive physical therapy for 10 months, plus have several surgeries. She also stated she has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
The victim alleged the reason Mullin didn’t take a plea on the case was because of his manipulative tendencies.
“He wanted me to be re-victimized over and over,” she said.
She closed by asking the court to sentence Mullin with the maximum sentence.
“I do hope one day he will overcome his narcissism,” she said.
During the court’s sentencing, Judge Gerald M. Prill told Mullin that if he was in a toxic relationship, he should have walked away.
“You knew better sir,” the judge said. “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”
Mullin was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for 149 days served. He also is barred from having any contact with the victim or the victim’s family, and must participate in a 52-week domestic violence program. Because of Mullin’s felony conviction, he is prohibited from having a firearm and will never be able to serve in a law enforcement capacity ever again. Mullin could be facing restitution charges exceeding $13,000. However, a restitution hearing was scheduled for Jan. 13 to discuss the matter.