Jason Wayne Mullins, 35, pleaded guilty on the date he was to face a Wise County jury.
Mullins pleaded guilty to seven counts of burglary, six counts of grand larceny, three counts of grand larceny of a firearm, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of third or subsequent offense petit larceny, and one count of receiving stolen goods.
Mullins was sentenced to 120 years with 101 years suspended, so he will serve a total of 19 years in prison. The remaining suspended sentence will be conditioned upon successful completion of 25 years’ probation.
Co-defendant, Amy Melinda Fletcher Mullins, 38, of Wise, pleaded guilty on May 20 for her role in the burglaries. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 25 and faces a maximum sentence of 321 years in prison.
According to the official release, between Dec. 24, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016, Amy Mullins burglarized seven locations, including family homes. Mullins and his wife studied each location beforehand and timed the entry when they thought no one be home. Using a crowbar and wire cutters, Mullins and his wife broke into homes in Wise. They took cash, personal belongings, firearms and $30,000 to $40,000 worth of jewelry.
After an investigation, the couple was apprehended and Mullins confessed to his crimes. Officers found a significant number of stolen items in the Mullins residence and at a pawn shop. Authorities later discovered that the two knew some of the victims and that Mullins’ wife was a bridesmaid in one of the victim’s weddings.
“Today’s plea and sentencing is a significant step toward protecting our citizen’s safety in their own homes,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said. “We live in a safe and wonderful community. I believe that we should be safe in our homes and this case sends a clear message that we will not tolerate home invasions and violent crime.”