Augusta man gets 15-year prison sentence for beating mother

Mark Buckner was sentenced to 15 years in prison for beating his mother.

An Augusta man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for a beating that left his mother with a broken nose and bleeding from the brain.

Mark Brandon Buckner, 25, was indicted May 15 on a charge of aggravated assault after an argument over money with his mother turned physical. The incident happened between March 27 and March 29.

Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter recommended the maximum sentence of 20 years confinement based on the “depravity and severity of the beating, particularly on his own mother.”

In Buckner’s defense, attorney Don Evans said Buckner was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol at the time of the beating and that he has expressed “extreme remorse” for his actions. Buckner has no prior criminal history.

Superior Court Judge Danny Craig sentenced Buckner to 15 years in prison, followed by five years probation, along with drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

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