The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)
August 15, 2011
Oakboro man sentenced for 2008 second degree murder of relative
By Marina Richardson, Staff Writer
Monday, August 15, 2011 — Jeffrey Scott Mullis, 49, of Oakboro, was sentenced Thursday afternoon for the second degree murder of Paul Allen Chaney, also of Oakboro.
Mullis was arrested in May 2008 at Chaney’s home at 11347 Shinn Road.
When investigators arrived at the scene, Chaney was found dead, killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.
Mullis, who had called the police, turned himself in at the scene and surrendered a .357-Magnum pistol, the apparent murder weapon.
According to sheriff’s reports, Mullis and Chaney were related and had become involved in an argument which escalated, resulting in Chaney’s death.
Many relatives of Mullis and Chaney were present at the Stanly County Courthouse Thursday, including Mullis’ mother, Linda Mullis.
“My son loved Paul Chaney as much as he loves me. It’s a tragic loss,” she said in an address to Judge Chris Collier.
“I ask for mercy, your honor. I ask for mercy for Jeffrey.”
Mullis spoke to Chaney’s family directly.
“I’m sorry. I hope one day you can forgive me. I love you all,” Mullis said.
A few of Chaney’s family members assured Mullis that he was forgiven.
Afterward, Collier spoke.
“You have been found guilty of second degree murder,” Collier said.
Mullis received a sentence of no less than 189 months (15.75 years) and no more than 236 months (19.67 years), with credit for time served.