BEATRICE – A 24-year-old Beatrice man has been ordered to state prison for a 6-to-8-year term, following convictions in two criminal cases.
Kaleb Mullen was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence after being terminated from the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court program. He was also sentenced on two convictions of burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Chief Gage County Deputy Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan said Mullen had “been given too many chances” and is no stranger to the criminal justice system as a juvenile and adult.
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Mullen’s attorney, Gage County Public Defender, Lee Timan (TYE-mun) said drug use has led his client to some bad decisions, but he said Mullen’s youth allows him a chance to reform his ways.
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Timan said he did not believe Mullen is a “menace to society”, but rather an annoyance to society who needs to stop doing the things he has done. The judge said, however, that the victims of his crimes likely view him as a menace.
Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner allowed Mullen’s sentences on the convictions to be served at the same time.
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Mullen was convicted of stealing items from storage units located in north Beatrice. He received credit off his sentences for 199 days spent in custody.