Letters Sway Reversal of Parole Decision for Murder Convict

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HOUSTON (AP) - For the second time in five years, a family has stopped the convicted murderer of their son from being released on parole.

Thousands of letters swayed the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to reverse a decision to grant parole to Timothy Acklen.

That's according to Andy Kahan, director of Houston Mayor Bill White's crime victims' services office.

Acklen was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1989 after pleading guilty to the murder of Paul Brandon Elledge, a 17-year-old high school senior from Sugar Land.

In 2002, Ben Elledge, Paul Elledge's father, successfully fought parole for Acklen with a huge letter-writing campaign urging the parole board to reverse that decision.

Another man convicted in the crime, James Garcia, was also sentenced to 50 years and remains imprisoned.

Kahan says the parole board's decision to deny parole "was the right thing to do."