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Former Nebraska running back Thunder Collins has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in a botched robbery attempt that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Collins was sentenced on Thursday for his role in the September 2008 shooting. Along with the life sentence, Collins was sentenced to an additional 110 years for other charges, including attempted second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Collins was arrested one day after the murder of Timothy Thomas when a drug deal went bad after Collins attempted to rob him. The other man, Marshall Turner, was seriously injured.

Collins played for the Cornhuskers in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Los Angeles native ranked third on the team in rushing yards during the 2001 season with 647 yards. Collins also had 5 touchdowns that season.

Before coming to Nebraska, Collins starred at East L.A. Community College, where he was a junior college All-American. Recruiting magazine Lindy's called Collins the top player in the Cornhuskers' 10-man recruiting class and the 24th best junior college player in the country.

Collins's attorney plans to appeal the decision.