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Ex-Neb. RB Collins gets life for murder

OMAHA, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Thunder Collins was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing a California drug dealer.

Collins, 29, also was given another 90 years for related charges, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

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Collins, who had been convicted of first-degree murder in August in the 2008 shooting death of Timothy Thomas and wounding of another dealer, Marshall Turner, in a cocaine robbery, maintained his innocence and displayed defiance after his sentence was announced in an Omaha courtroom.

Stealing a line from college basketball coach Bobby Knight, Collins said he hopes that when he dies he is buried upside down "so all my critics can kiss my (expletive)."

Collins played for the Cornhuskers from 2000 to 2002 and later played briefly for a professional team in Canada.

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