Man sentenced in overdose case turned murder investigation

PARSONS, Kan. – A judge sentences a Coffeyville, Kansas, resident for murder in the second degree and interference with a law enforcement officer.

A jury trial took place in August. Jurors found Donald Collins guilty of both counts for a 2020 crime that happened in Parsons, Kansas.

This week, a judge sentenced Collin to 18 years in prison. After his release, he will be on supervised probation for 36 months.

The Court also requires Collins to register as a violent offender for 15 years.

2020 Overdose Report, Murder Case

The crime happened in February 2020.

(2020 KOAM Article: Overdose case turns into murder investigation in southeast Kansas)

Parsons Police responded to a motel for a reported possible overdose. The woman was unresponsive but police started CPR. They continued until Labette County EMS arrived, but they were unsuccessful. Medical officials pronounced her dead at the scene.

Authorities identified the woman as 50-year-old Nina Lee from Coffeyville.

An initial autopsy report indicated foul play. Parsons Police investigated and arrested Donald Collins. They had previously learned the was staying in the room with Nina Lee.

According to the Parsons Police Department, the two were staying at the motel after being in a single-vehicle crash in Labette County.

(2018 Article: Coffeyville Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting)

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