Former Nebraska RB Thunder Collins Gets Life For Murder

Duncan Riley - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:16 p.m. ET

Former Nebraska RB Thunder Collins was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday following a guilty verdict on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder in August.

Collins, a previous junior college All-American, was arrested in September 2008 for killing Timothy Thomas and wounding Marshall Turner. Collins claimed that he acted in self defense, and that he had no remorse for the murder “because it could have easily been me.”

Thunder received life in prison on the murder charge, and a total of 110 years on other charges including attempted second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges.

Collins didn’t take the sentence lying down however, telling the Judge only God could judge him, and that he wanted to be buried face down so his critics could “kiss my ass.”

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