Collins Receives Sentence

Oklahoma State linebacker Chris Collins was given a five-year prison sentence Wednesday, but the Texas jury recommended that the 20-year-old serve out the sentence on probation and not spend any time behind bars, for an aggravated sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl in 2004, according to published reports.

Formal sentencing of Collins will take place on Dec. 10 by Bowie County (Texas) District Court Judge Leon F. Pesek Jr.

The nine-person jury (seven men and two women) heard testimony in the penalty phase of the trial Wednesday morning before deliberating for about an hour in the afternoon. Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated sexual assault in the incident which occurred in May 2004 at an after-prom party in his hometown of Texarkana, Texas. He was 17 at the time of the incident and is one of four men charged in the crime.

Reports indicate that Collins will be given a psychological evaluation prior to the formal sentencing by Judge Pesek.

Collins has appeared in five of the Cowboys' nine games this season. The 6-2, 235-pound sophomore returned to action in last Saturday's game against Texas after missing four games because of a turf toe injury. He recorded five tackles against the Longhorns.

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