SEATTLE (November 15, 2013) – A habitual drunk driver whose pickup truck plowed into an Indiana couple while he was intoxicated has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
In March, Mark Mullan hit and killed Dennis and Judy Schulte while they were crossing a street in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. Two others were seriously injured—the couple’s daughter-in-law, Karina, and their newborn grandson, Elias.
Judy Schulte was a retired high school guidance director in Kokomo. Her husband was a retired teacher. Fixtures in the Kokomo community, they had just moved to the Seattle area to be closer to their grandson.
Mullan pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Tests showed his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit. He’s had five previous DUIs and was driving on a suspended license; he’d also been on probation in a drunk driving case when the crash happened.
During the sentencing hearing, family members talked about how hard life has been since the couple died. They also cited the ongoing medical problems suffered by Karina and Elias.