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Man gets 200 years in prison for attack on fmr. AL rep's mother-in-law

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The home invasion happened at the victim's home on Monticello Drive in Montgomery. The home invasion happened at the victim's home on Monticello Drive in Montgomery.
Wilanu Collins was convicted of burglary, three counts of robbery and attempted murder. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office) Wilanu Collins was convicted of burglary, three counts of robbery and attempted murder. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
Elton Walton pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and one count of burglary May 8. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office) Elton Walton pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and one count of burglary May 8. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Judge Tracy McCooey insured the man convicted of nearly beating an elderly woman to death during an East Montgomery home invasion will spend the remainder of his life in prison.

Wilanu Collins was sentenced to 200 years behind bars, 40 years for each class "A" felony, including attempted murder.  Montgomery County Deputy District Attorney, Daryl Bailey, says he's pleased with McCooey's sentence, "He will never walk the streets of Montgomery again". 

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that showed Collins premeditated the attack, googling the victims, Louise and Claud Walker.  Bailey says Collin's co-defendant, Elton Walton, acted like he was making a floral delivery to gain access to the house.  Collins then entered the home, and savagely beat Louise Walker within an inch of her life.  Walton pled guilty to 4 counts, and was sentenced to 25 years.

The victim's son in law, former Representative Jay Love called Wednesday's sentencing significant, "I think it's something we will be dealing for the rest of our lives".   

Love says justice will go a long way as the family continues to seek closure.  While the physical wounds are healed, emotionally they still have some work to do. 

Collins attorney continues to debate the evidence and testimony presented during the trial, both suspects will be eligible for parole.       

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