Appellate court upholds conviction of Jackson man who fatally stabbed brother

JACKSON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals today upheld the conviction of a Jackson man who fatally stabbed his brother at the Colonial Manor in Lakefield in 2010. Ty’ron Louis Collins, sentenced to 306 months in prison after being declared guilty of second-degree murder, appealed, contending statements he made to law enforcement should have been suppressed, that the prosecutor committed misconduct by asking Collins if other trial witnesses were lying and that the court abused its discretion in sentencing Collins to a term in the middle of the presumptive guideline.

Collins allegedly stabbed his brother several times in front of two elderly patients at the nursing home over an argument about possession of a pick up truck. After fleeing the scene, he drove toward Worthington and was apprehended when he got in a car crash. During an interview with a BCA agent a the hospital, he cried and asked for forgiveness, asking the agent if his brother was OK. It was that statement Collins later tried to suppress, claiming his Miranda rights were violated because the agent would not give information regarding his brother’s condition until after the statement.

Appellate court judges disagreed after reviewing a transcript of the interview, ruling the statement was given voluntarily. They also stated the district court did not abuse its discretion at the time of sentencing. Collins committed a serious and violent crime in the presence of two elderly women, the opinion states, and the sentence does not unfairly exaggerate the criminality of his conduct.

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