NEW BOSTON, Texas -- The sentencing hearing for former
Oklahoma State football player Chris Collins has been delayed
because of flooding in his attorney's office.
District Judge Leon F. Pesek Jr. has reset the sentencing for
Collins to Jan. 14, according to the criminal court administrator
for Bowie County. Collins' sentencing had been set for Dec. 10.
Collins, 20, of Texarkana, Texas, pleaded guilty on Nov. 7 to
the aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. He was one of four men charged following an after-prom party in May 2004, when he was 17.
Collins, who started at linebacker for Oklahoma State, was
dismissed from the team five days after his guilty plea. He remains
enrolled at Oklahoma State as a student, university spokesman Gary
Shutt said Thursday.
A Texas jury has recommended that Collins receive a five-year
prison term and serve his sentence while on probation, meaning he
likely won't have to serve any prison time as long as he meets the
requirements of the probation.
A pipe burst in the office of Collins' attorney, Paul Hoover of
Texarkana, during the Thanksgiving holiday period, causing the
Assistant Bowie County District Attorney Kristian Young, who
prosecuted the case, said she had no objection to the delay in
sentencing "because we are sympathetic to the flooding of Mr.
Hoover's office and the damage sustained. We'd expect the same
courtesy of Mr. Hoover and of any of the defense attorneys if the
circumstances were reversed."