Mom guilty in stepson’s death seeks delay in sentencing

August 12, 2018

DIXON – Friday’s long-awaited sentencing of the woman who took a plea deal in the death of her 7-year-old stepson may be postponed.

Tiffany D. Fassler is asking Judge Jacquelyn Ackert for a 30-day continuance “for a valid medical reason,” according to her motion. It did not specify what that reason is.

A hearing on the request, which was filed Wednesday, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in Lee County Court.

Fassler, 42, was indicted Feb. 8, 2013, on two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated battery of a child.

She pleaded guilty May 25 to one count of aggravated battery of a child. As part of her plea agreement, State’s Attorney Matthew Klahn dismissed all other charges.

Klahn is recommending a 13-year prison sentence with a requirement that Fassler serve at least 85 percent, a little more than 11 years, and that, upon her release, she be required to register as a violent offender against youth for the rest of her life.

If she had been convicted of murder, she faced a 20 to 60 years in prison, with no possibility of time off for good behavior.

She remains free on $200,000 bond until after her sentencing.

Fassler kicked Colton Fassler on Dec. 30, 2010, causing him to hit his head on a bathroom vanity. He suffered severe brain damage and died of his injuries 11 months later.

She was living in Dixon at the time; she and the boy’s father, Andrew Fassler, have since divorced.

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