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Vernon Hill residents sentenced / November 30, 2017
Two Vernon Hill residents were sentenced this week, after a drug task force search of their home in January turned up dozens of marijuana plants and equipment for cultivation and processing of drugs.

William Wren Mullins, in court Monday for his sentencing hearing, received an active sentence of18 months in prison on a felony charge of manufacturing marijuana, along with 15-day active jail stints for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, four charges in all.

Mullins was at the Chatham Road home with his wife and four children when the Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force conducted the Jan. 24 raid. The search turned up 61 mature marijuana plants and some five pounds of processed pot with an estimated street value of $200,000.

Mullins also received three years, all suspended, on a charge of possession of a Schedule I or II drug.

Melissa Shifflett Mullins received a five-year prison sentence, with all time suspended, for manufacturing marijuana. Also convicted of four charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors, she received suspended six-month jail terms on each of the misdemeanor counts.

William Mullins and Melissa Mullins had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

In other court action

Circuit Judge Kim White upheld a jury recommendation for Brian Lamar Tucker to serve seven years in prison on two felony gun charges. Tucker, a 31-year-old Halifax resident, was convicted by a jury of the charges in June of this year.

Garrick Jerome Fallen of Halifax pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon and DWI first offense. He received an active prison term of two years on the gun possession charge and suspended sentences on the other counts.

Brooke Lavonne Mask received an active prison term of two years for possession of a Schedule I or II drug and suspended jail time on other drug-related charges.

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