Man who assaulted skier resentenced to 14 years

first_imgCalling the crime “heinous,” a Skamania County judge sentenced Michael D. Collins to 14 years in prison for first-degree robbery for brutally beating and robbing a cross-country skier in 2009.If this sounds like deja vu, it’s because Collins had already been sentenced. The Vancouver man’s original sentence of 25 years in 2010 was tossed out after the Court of Appeals in July ruled prosecutors made a legal error in charging Collins with felony attempted murder.Collins, 36, was in court in Stevenson Thursday for re-sentencing on his other conviction related to the case, robbery.Even though the attempted murder charge was taken off the table, it was the only thing attorneys and the judge talked about.Skamania County Superior Court Judge Brian Altman told Collins that he was literally getting away with attempted murder on a technicality.“At a sentencing hearing, the surrounding circumstances of any crime don’t have to be treated like they never happened,” Altman said. “The savage brutality of this crime is such that Collins is a serious risk to society.”The judge decided to sentence Collins to 171 months, the high end of the sentencing range for robbery based on Collins’ extensive criminal history.The sentence was much more than prosecutors initially suspected Collins could face. Prosecutors recently discovered that Collins had several prior convictions that weren’t taken into account when he was originally sentenced in February 2010.Several new crimes uncovered, including a forgery conviction in New Mexico, were used in the calculation of his new sentencing range, said Skamania County Prosecutor Adam Kick.last_img

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