The judge said she couldn't overlook the toll the crime and the trial took on Jacobs.
"It was apparent to me that man had gone through a lot," she said. "It would be very, very easy for me to give you the maximum sentence, to send a message. But I'll use judicial restraint.
"You are not the classic kidnapper that takes a gun and holds a hostage," she said, after Mullins, his sister and aunt, insisted he was no kidnapper.
"I recognize you do not have a violent criminal history," she said. "But he suffered tremendously," she said of Jacobs.
Local attorney Pat Jacobs called his father brave for testifying.
"It's my personal belief that the defendant's conduct caused my father's death," Jacobs said. "He's a predator. He preys on the elderly because they are easy to confuse and take advantage of."
Mullins said he and the elder Jacobs had a long friendship. He called him "a wonderful man" and "a great man" who gave him money that he intended to repay.
"I'm not here to say I'm an angel," Mullins told Webster. "I'm sorry I borrowed more money from him than I should have, but I never kidnapped anyone. I'm not evil. I'm not a threat to society."
He asked for probation.
"Clearly he denies he kidnapped anyone," Webster said. "Clearly the jury felt differently."
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.