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* Michael Collins Oakland man gets 27-years to life for murdering Albert Hayes ex-girlfriends lover

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An Oakland man was sentenced today to 27 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new lover nearly three years ago.Michael Collins, 41, was convicted on March 25 of first-degree murder for the death of Albert Hayes, 39, on Aug. 31, 2007.Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara sentenced Collins to 25 years to life for his first-degree murder conviction plus one year for using a knife and one year for his two prior felony convictions.Prosecutor Lindsay Walsh told jurors in her closing argument last month that Collins had planned to kill Hayes because he was jealous that his ex-girlfriend, who had a child with Collins, no longer wanted to see him.Collins’ attorney, Robert Shipway, argued that Collins should only be found guilty of manslaughter.

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