Man pleads guilty to stabbing father after mistrial

A man accused of stabbing his father several times pled guilty Thursday afternoon to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, after the case was initially declared a mistrial two weeks ago.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said the defendant, Michael Kildow Jr., was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Kildow pled guilty Thursday afternoon in the 358th District Court of Judge W. Stacy Trotter at the Ector County Courthouse, 300 N. Grant Ave.

Trotter initially declared the case a mistrial two weeks ago after the jury could not come to a consensus after more than nine hours of deliberation.

Police charged Kildow in September 2014 after he reportedly stabbed his father several times, and was arrested after a nearly 30-minute standoff with police.

During the jury trial, Kildow’s defense attorney, Bob Garcia Jr., argued that his defendant was not guilty by reason of insanity, as he had been diagnosed by two separate psychiatrists with schizophrenia.

Prosecutors Bill Prasher and Melissa Williams argued that, while Kildow may be schizophrenic, he was in his right mind while assaulting his father, Michael Kildow Sr.