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Collin 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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Who were the shooting victims on Sunday night when a gun man entered a Plano home during a pro football TV watching party ?
When: About 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
Where: Home in 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in suburban Plano, Texas 75023.
Authorities in Plano have identified the fatal shooting victims as
Meredith Emily Hight, the 27-year-old estranged wife of the suspect
Anthony “Tony” Michael Cross – age 33
Olivia Nicole Deffner – age 24
James Richard Dunlop – age 29
Darryl William Hawkins – age 22
Rion Christopher Morgan – age 31
Myah Sade Bass – age 28
Caleb Seth Edwards – age 25
Police have identified the shooter as Spencer Hight, age 32. A Police Police officer shot Mr. Hight. Police report that Hight was armed with more than one weapon.
The location was Spencer Hight’s former home where there was a cookout and Cowboys TV watching party happening Sunday night.
Witnesses say Mrs. Hight had filed for divorce.
One witness has said he saw Mr. Hight at a local bar right before the shooting.
“”We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude. We’ve never seen this many victims before. It’s just a terrible event,” Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin.
The Plano Police officer who confronted and shot Spencer Hight is on administrative leave pending investigation by the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. The officer heard shots and saw victims in the backyard and in home as he responded to the call.
Police Chief Greg Rushin reports the officer showed great bravery.
The victims were reported to have been watching the Dallas Cowboys game vs. the New York Giants on TV in the home in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in Plano just east of Custer Road between Green Oaks and Blue Ridge Trail.
Spring Creek Parkway was closed Sunday night and Monday as authorities investigated the killings.
There is one survivor, whose name has not been identified.
Thanks to the David Tilley and officers of Plano Police Department, Texas Rangers, Medical Examiners and so on … Integrity … Bravery … Professionalism.
The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, 19-3, on that night.
- Story and links compiled by Brian Bearden, CollinCountyMagazine.com @collincountydfw
Follow the story of the mass shooting on Sunday night all in one place:
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS REPORTING
Plano shooter identified – NBC 5 Sept. 12, 2017
DFW CBS LOCAL
- Compiled by Brian Bearden