June 6, 2014
For Immediate Release
According to the State Attorney’s Office:
Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced Albert Atkinson on Friday to 14 years in prison for dousing his sister with boiling grease.
Atkinson, 58, of 2205 E. 17th St., Unit B, argued with his sister Michelle Telfare, 56, the morning of Jan. 7. Their mother, Grace Atkinson, broke up the argument by taking Telfare into the bedroom with her and they went to sleep. A short while later, Albert Atkinson entered the room with a pot of boiling grease and threw it onto Telfare’s face, arms and torso. Telfare received second-degree burns and was permanently disfigured.
Albert Atkinson pleaded no contest to aggravated battery and to an earlier charge of principal to the sale of cocaine. He’d set up a crack cocaine sale between an undercover officer and a drug dealer on March 15, 2013. Overstreet sentenced him according to a negotiated plea to 14 years in prison followed by five years probation.
Assistant State Attorney Barbara Beasley brought Grace Atkinson before Overstreet prior to sentencing. She told the judge that Telfare can’t be in the same room with her brother and Grace Atkinson feared her son as well. Overstreet ordered that when Albert Atkinson is released into probation he will have no contact with his sister or mother.
The above was released Friday by the State Attorney's Office for the 14th Judicial Circuit.