MSP trooper guilty of assault, but avoids more serious conviction

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (10/11/2019) - The Michigan State Police trooper convicted of assaulting his female partner will be fired.

Adam Mullin was convicted of four criminal charges, all in connection with the assault of his partner on a number of occasions.

Mullin was married and having a romantic relationship with his partner for a year. The two troopers worked together at the Caro post.

State police officials say the department is in the process of ending Mullin's employment and revoking his law enforcement certification.

Mullin was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, which can carry a sentence of up to 10-years in prison.

The Huron County jury could have convicted Mullin of a more serious assault charge, but instead found him guilty on a lesser charge. The jury agreed to convict him of assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor.

Mullin was convicted on four charges. The most serious is obstruction of justice, which is felony and carries a possible sentence of up to five years in prison.

He was accused of badly injuring his female partner when he threw her in the air at the Michigan State Police Bad Axe detachment in February. Police reports show he was violent to her in the past.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case. In a statement, Attorney General Dana Nessel says "domestic violence is a serious matter and we are steadfast in holding those who commit these acts accountable, law enforcement and civilians alike."

Underground Railroad, which serves victims of domestic violence, says this case is all too common. Allie Martinez was not satisfied that Mullin was found guilty of a lesser assault charge.

"I would love to say that I am surprised, but this type of verdict is very standard in domestic violence cases," she said.

Martinez said juries often question the actions of domestic violence survivors.

"Even in this case, where there was disturbing evidence that shows that she was severely injured, it starts to play out as, 'Well what did you do to bring this upon yourself,' which is what all domestic violence survivors face," she said. "When you start to look at those dynamics, there is no juror that is going to be not biased in these types of cases."

Michigan State Police say the female trooper, who was the domestic abuse survivor in this case, remains off work at this time.