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Miami man convicted of murder in death of Seabrook man

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A Miami man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison Thursday for the 2009 slaying of a Seabrook man.

Jurors convicted Anotnio Collins, 36, of murder, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a commission of a violent crime.

On June 22, 2009, two men approached the back of a home on Seabrook Road, where they were spotted by a neighbor and questioned.

One of the men drew a pistol and held it to the neighbor's head and asked him to get the home's occupant outside. Moments later the two men kicked in the door of the home and a gun battle ensued.

The home's occupant, Ronald Coleman Jr. was hit four times and died at the scene. During the event, one of the suspects was wounded.

Investigators discovered bloody footprints leading from the scene to Seabrook Road, where they believe the suspects got into a car. The murder weapon was found nearby.

The case went cold until 2010 when information about the two suspects was cultivated during a federal drug investigation in Hampton County.

DNA was collected from Collins while he was incarcerated on unrelated charges in Miami, which matched the blood found leaving the scene, as well as DNA found on the murder weapon.

Collins was later extradited to South Carolina to face charges.

Assitant solicitor Hunter Swanson of the Beaufort County Career Criminal Prosecution Team said, "You can't argue with DNA. Because of law enforcement's dedication to conducting a thorough investigation, we were able to put a four-year-old case to rest and bring justice for everyone involved.

Collins also had a prior conviction for larceny.

Juedge J. Ernest Kinard handed down the sentence. By law, Collins must serve every day of the sentence before being released from prison.

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