Man accused in Martin County attack now facing federal gun charges

Mardy Mollett Jr.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Martin County man accused of a brutal attack last year will now also face federal charges.

Mardy Mollett Jr., 51, of Tomahawk, was arrested last year, after a neighbor reported the attack. He is accused of breaking into a woman’s home, striking her in the face with a gun, then continuing to beat her. Police accused him of shooting up the home and shooting the woman’s dog before he left.

He faces assault, burglary, cruelty to animals and criminal mischief in Martin County.

Now, federal authorities want him to stand trial on weapons charges.

He was indicted last month on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of a firearm by a drug user. Each of those charges could add 10 years to any sentence he receives in state court, if he is convicted.

He is scheduled to have his first appearance before a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Pikeville next month.