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Frederick Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder

On Tuesday, Charles Donald Mullen pleaded guilty to attempted second degree murder and other charges related to a violent home invasion.
FREDERICK, Md. - In a surprise turn of events, Frederick man, Charles Donald Mullen pleaded guilty to attempted second degree murder during a suppression hearing Tuesday.

"We really weren't prepared for him to plead guilty but I guess he had a change of heart and he did. He went and pleaded guilty today to attempted second degree murder, armed robbery and use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence," said Frederick County State's Attorney, Charlie Smith.

Investigators say the 36-year-old broke into the victim's home through the kitchen door, which is near a busy street corner on W. 4th st., to allegedly buy drugs. According to Smith, a fight ensued despite the fact that Mullen pulled a gun on the home owner.

"The victim was beaten with a hand gun. He was also choked. The suspect held a gun to his neck and bound him with an extension chord," said Sgt. Joe Hayer of Frederick City Police.

According to the States Attorney's office, Mullen knew of the home owner and they shared a mutual friend. Although the home owner declined an on camera interview, he attended the hearing Tuesday and said he was relieved after learning the final outcome.

"We got the maximum sentence of 30 years for Mullen so everything worked out as well as it possibly could have," said Smith.

Mullen was sentenced to 30 years in prison with an additional 20 years suspended sentence. After he is released from jail, he will serve five years of supervised probation.

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