Christopher Dee Acklin, 46, of Plano, was sentenced to 32 years in prison for Injury to the Elderly Causing Serious Bodily Injury with a Deadly Weapon, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
In December 2016, Acklin got drunk and then strangled and beat his mother, age 73, at her home in Plano. The injuries he caused required extensive medical treatment, including skin grafts on her arms and surgery for a fractured femur. Plano Police Department Detective James Phelan investigated the case.
During the sentencing phase of Acklin's plea of guilty, the victim testified that she closed her eyes during the assault and felt like she was going to die. Prosecutors presented evidence of prior assaults by Acklin, including a 2010 conviction for assault family violence against his mother, and a 2013 conviction for assault family violence against his wife at the time.
Prosecutors presented even more evidence of Acklin's other criminal conduct, including two prior convictions for DWI, multiple violations of protective orders, as well as Plano Police Sgt. Christer Matthews' testimony about Acklin's bad conduct post-arrest.
Judge Benjamin Smith assessed punishment at 32 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorneys Kim Laseter and Kim Kircher prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Robin Laughon and Victim Assistance Coordinator Jenni Ball.