July 18, 2008 Brian Caldwell
A street dealer who twice sold crack cocaine to an undercover
cop in Kitchener got a break this week so he can keep his job at a
“You are clearly a very valued employee,” said Justice Michael
Epstein, referring to a character letter submitted in court.
Robert Mullis, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of low-level
trafficking in connection with a larger undercover police
His sales — one for $40 and the other for $80 — took place on
Hoffman Street in April 2007.
Typically, dealing even small amounts of crack draws a straight
jail sentence. The prosecutor in this case argued for 12
Epstein, however, went out of his way to craft a sentence to
denounce dealing while also allowing Mullis — a father of three
who had an “absolutely abysmal upbringing” — to build on progress
he’s made since his arrest.
The judge gave him 90 days of “real jail” to be served on
weekends, followed by an 18-month conditional sentence of house
arrest and two years on probation.
Mullis has held down a job at a New Hamburg restaurant for a
year despite getting only a Grade 5 education while being raised by
parents who abused drugs and alcohol. He read a letter of apology
in court and said he is determined to be a responsible family
“I really hope you can see how sorry I am and give me another
chance,” Mullis said.