Christopher Mullins, 33, was sentenced Tuesday, June 26 to 135 months in Federal prison by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver. The sentence was in connection with a bank robbery conviction.
On September 15, 2003, Mullins entered the Whitesville State Bank Branch, located in Comfort. Law enforcement said he then drew a handgun, pointed it at the bank teller, and demanded money. He fled the area, burned his getaway car, and hid out, but was soon captured by deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, and FBI agents.
He faced trial in Federal Court and was convicted on May 27, 2004. In addition to his prison sentence, Mullins was ordered to serve five years supervised release following the end of his over 11-year prison sentence. The judge also ordered that Mullins pay restitution totaling $12,000 to the West Virginia Crime Victim Compensation Fund as well as to Blue Cross, Blue Shield, the insurance carrier for a bank teller who suffered three heart attacks after the robbery. Assistant United States Attorney Monica K. Schwartz handled the prosecution.