Convicted murder ordered back to prison after violating his probation

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A man convicted of shooting and killing his girlfriend 13 years ago has been sent back to prison for violating his probation.

Gillis Mullins, 34, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2001 shooting death of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Chasity King, in their Rio Communities apartment.

In June 2010, he was released from prison and placed on five years of supervised probation. But on Oct. 7, Mullins was stopped by a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy in Albuquerque and charged with DUI and speeding a violation of his conditions of probation.

During a recent hearing, Mullins admitted that violated his probation and asked the District Court Judge Violet Otero for another chance. He apologized to the King family for "putting them through this."

"I made a big mistake by drinking," Mullins said. "I know that alcohol can't be a part of my life."

He told Otero that he has a family who loves him and needs him home, including his girlfriend and two children.

"I'm not a bad person, I'm a good person who made a bad decision," Mullins said. "I will do anything to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Assistant District Attorney Ann Keener told the judge that if it wasn't for the fact that Mullins was on probation for murder and that he was under the influence when he killed King, her recommendation to send him back to prison would be different.

"I don't minimize that he's done good work, but the state asks you to remand him to the custody of the Department of Corrections," Keener said.

Keener told the judge that before the DUI stop, his probation officer, Jan Quigley, was unaware that Mullins had been drinking. She said he had been a model probationer.

Mullins' defense attorney Greg Gaudette said his client was in fact a model probationer and had no prior violations of probation. The Los Lunas attorney told the judge that Quigley was "dumbfounded" when she learned he had been drinking.

He also told the judge that while on probation, Mullins would help out at the probation office.

"In light of his overall conduct, his true remorse and all of his accomplishments, we're asking to reinstate probation and order him into community corrections, which has greater supervision," Gaudette said.

Mullins' father, Gill Mullins Sr. told the judge since his son was released from prison, he had done very well and was surprised and upset when he learned he was drinking.

"I still love him and stand by him," the defendant's father said.

King's uncle, Earl King, asked the judge to remand Mullins back to prison.

Otero said after reading the probation and parole report, she understood that it was difficult for Quigley to recommend sending Mullins back to prison after his violation because he had been a model probationer before this incident.

"You did come out and were moving in a protective manner," Otero told Mullins. "You could have trusted Ms. Quigley to help you with your relapse, and you had the opportunity to ask your probation officer for help, but you didn't. You know she would have helped you."

In the end, Otero ordered Mullins back to state prison to finish the remainder of his sentence.


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