Armed Burglar Gets Life For Knife Attacks

A Panama City man found guilty in local circuit court last month found out Friday he will be going to prison for life for a house burglary where he attacked two residents with a knife.

Shaka Collins

A Panama City man found guilty in local circuit court last month found out Friday he will be going to prison for life for a house burglary where he attacked two residents with a knife.

Circuit Judge James Fensom sentenced Shaka Collins on Friday to life plus 20 years in prison. The sentence is for an attack where the victim was stabbed 16 times by Collins while he sneaked into his former girlfriend’s home.

“His past history, the prior record of violence of this defendant, coupled with this violent attack is justification of a life sentence,” Assistant State Attorney Tracy Smith told Judge Fensom.

Collins, 22, was convicted at trial Oct. 28 of burglary with assault and battery, attempted manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder. The night of June 20, 2009, Collins crept in through a bedroom window of Lashawn Bright’s home and attacked her son in his bed.

Nigerian Hill told jurors the sound of the window opening awoke him before Collins, his sister’s former boyfriend, began stabbing him. Hill was cut 16 times before Collins turned his attention to Bright and Hill scrambled out the open window to get help.

Bright was alerted to the struggle in her son’s room by Hill’s calls for help. As she was trying to open Hill’s door, Collins came out and began stabbing her. Bright was stabbed in the neck, face and chest and is now confined to a wheelchair.

Bright asked Fensom to impose the maximum sentence. “I feel like I’ve been sentenced to life in this (wheel)chair,” she said.

Fensom gave Collins life for the burglary charge, followed by five years for attempted manslaughter and 15 years for attempted murder. The judge ordered the three penalties to be run consecutively.


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