Criminal Law Man charged with strangling mother sentenced to mental hospital instead of prison

Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman

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Man charged with strangling mother sentenced to mental hospital instead of prison

The Yuma man charged with murder in the strangulation death of his mother has been sentenced to 16 years at the Arizona State Hospital instead of prison.

Michael Anthony Allen, 21, will be remanded into the custody of the Arizona Department of Health Service which operates the Arizona State Mental Hospital, where he will serve his sentence.

While he is at the state hospital, Allen will be evaluated and treated for his mental illness, and if at any time his condition ever improves, he would be sent back to the Arizona Department of Corrections to serve out any remainder of his sentence.

Allen, who pleaded guilty to the crime, but insane, in a plea agreement February in Yuma County Superior Court in February, was sentenced Friday before Superior Court Judge John Nelson.

Allen, who according to court records has a history of mental illness, is charged with killing his mother, 47-year-old Cynthia Allen, whose body was discovered by Yuma police at a residence in the 400 block of South 2nd Avenue in December 2011.

When he was interviewed by police about the murder, Allen told officers he thought his mother was the devil.

Court records indicate that Allen went to the home of someone he knew at about 4 a.m. that Saturday and told them he may have killed his mother. That person then called someone else and asked them to go to Allen’s home and check on his mother.

Court records also indicated when that person arrived at Allen’s home, he saw a broken window and called Yuma police. Once inside, officers found the body of Cynthia Allen lying in the floor of the living room. She had signs of trauma to her face and neck.

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Source: yumasun.com “Man charged with strangling mother sentenced to mental hospital instead of prison,” March 21, 2013.

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