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Plano man sentenced to prison; police say he assaulted his mother in her home

AcklinCollin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced in McKinney, Texas, that 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.

Authorities said that in December 2016, Acklin (pictured) got drunk and then strangled and beat his mother, age 73, at her home in Plano.

Police said the injuries Acklin 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.

Willis said 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. Chris 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.

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Plano attorney up for post as federal judge

First Liberty Institute’s Matthew Kacsmaryk of Plano, Texas, moved one step close to confirmation for a federal judge post based in Amarillo, Texas. A U.S. Senate Judiciary committee has approved Kacmaryyk today.

Kacsmaryk, who serves as deputy general counsel for First Liberty, would fill a federal judge post that has been empty two years come February.

First Liberty has offices on West Plano Parkway.

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