FLINT, MI – A jury convicted a Flint man on all counts in a violent assault against his wife one year ago.
Robert Bernard Collins, 48-years-old, was charged and convicted of two counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree, unlawful imprisonment, assault by strangulation, attempt assault by strangulation, felony firearm, and domestic violence. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred at the couple’s home in the City of Flint on March 11, 2018.
According to evidence at trial, Collins and his wife were being evicted from their home and were packing when they got into a heated argument. Collins began punching his wife in the face and then swinging a box cutter at her face and cutting her once in the chest.
Collins then grabbed an extension cord and wrapped it around his wife’s neck and strangled her as she fought him off. He also used a lighter to try to set her clothes on fire and threatened to kill her. Collins prevented the victim from getting away several times and sexually assaulted her in the bedroom.
Finally, after Collins fell asleep, the victim was able to grab the car keys and box cutter from Collins’ coat pocket and drove herself to Hurley Medical Center for examination and treatment of her injuries.
Collins previously served 23 years in prison for raping a neighbor in 1991.
“This was an absolutely horrific assault,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “My heart goes out to the victim and I hope she can find healing and proper closure,” he said. “In the end, justice has been served and Robert Collins will not be free to commit such reprehensible acts of violence on others ever again,” Leyton said.
Collins faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on April 12.