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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lincoln County Woman Faces Federal Charges in Teays Valley Nursing Home Robbery


West Hamlin Woman Charged with Robbing Teays Valley Nursing Home of Prescription Painkillers; Also Charged in Lincoln County Bank Robbery

CHARLESTON, WV—United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Charleston returned a six-count indictment charging a Lincoln County woman with federal armed robbery. The indictment charges Morgan Marie Mullins, 26, of West Hamlin, West Virginia, with the May 2, 2012 federal armed robbery of the Teays Valley Center nursing home located in Hurricane, West Virginia. The indictment alleges that Mullins robbed the nursing home of numerous controlled substances, including prescription painkillers.

The indictment also charges Mullins with one count of federal armed bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on May 22, 2012, Mullins robbed the City National Bank in West Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia of $3,000 cash. Mullins allegedly used a 9-millimeter pistol during the bank robbery.

The indictment also charges Mullins with two counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. It is alleged that on May 2 and May 22, 2012, Mullins did knowingly possess a 9-millimeter pistol and at the time was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance.

Mullins faces a mandatory minimum of 32 years (seven years on count two and 25 years on count five as listed in the indictment) and up to life in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted on all charges.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Steven I. Loew is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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