Longer sentence for man who robbed Skamania skier



STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — Nearly five more years has been added to the sentence of a man previously given 14 years in prison for robbing a cross-country skier in Skamania County.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Yarden Weidenfeld says the 57-month sentence handed down Thursday to Michael D. Collins in Stevenson will be served after his present term.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/Sbs4W2 ) the 36-year-old Collins was convicted Tuesday of failing to register as a sex offender.

His robbery conviction came for a car theft in the 2009 attack on a cross-country skier. Collins also was found guilty of an attempted murder charge and given a 25-year sentence, but that was overturned on appeal.

Collins’ lawyer, Michael Thompson, called the latest trial unnecessary and accused the prosecutor’s office of overzealous prosecution.


Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com