A Valparaiso man has been sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department
of Correction (DOC) after pleading guilty in connection with the burglary in
April of a Valparaiso residence.
James Timothy Mullins, 48, with a listed address on Center Street, was
sentenced on Thursday to eight years in DOC, two of them suspended and to be
served on formal probation.
Mullins pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aiding in burglary, a Class C
felony punishable by a term of two to eight years. He had originally been
charged with burglary, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20
In exchange for his plea, a second charge against Mullins—possession of a
narcotic drug—was dismissed.
In her sentencing order, Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper made note of two
•A history of criminal activity, including arrests on eight misdemeanor
charges and seven felony, resulting in two misdemeanor convictions and two
felony convictions. In addition, Harper stated, Mullins has violated his
last three prior probation placements.
•A history of drug activity. “Despite rehabilitative programs, (Mullins)
continues to commit criminal activity to get drugs,” Harper stated.
Harper also cited two mitigating factors: Mullins’ admission of guilt and
his completion of a program at the Porter County Jail while awaiting
According to Valparaiso Police, on Monday, April 23, a resident who’d been
out of town over the previous weekend reported the burglary of his home in
the 4200 block of Oakgrove Drive and the theft of jewelry and prescription
medications valued in the thousands.
Investigators traced some of the stolen items to a local pawn shop and were
able to locate the subject who had pawned them. That person identified one
of the burglars, Stacy Lynn Biggs, 32, also of Valparaiso, and Biggs
identified Mullins as an accomplice, police said.
An additional charge of possession of a narcotic drug was filed against
Mullins after he was taken into custody when heroin was found in his
possession, police said. Both Mullins and Biggs were initially charged with
Investigators did succeed in recovering some of the items stolen in the