BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former LSU running back Cecil "The Diesel" Collins caught a break Thursday in District Court Judge Mike Caldwell's courtroom. He is now out of jail after more than 13 years.
Collins, a former LSU running back, and a former Miami Dolphin, had been extradited back to Louisiana on April 28th, two days before he was scheduled to be released from a Florida prison.
Collins served 13 and half years of a 15 year sentence in prison for burglary. He also pleaded guilty in 1999 for entering an unauthorized entry and was given a five year suspended sentence.
Thursday, prosecutors were seeking to have his bond revoked effectively putting him back in jail here in Louisiana. Judge Caldwell however blamed the operations of the 19th Judicial District Court for his decision.
"Mr. Collins applied for a speedy trial in 2010," Caldwell told the lawyers. "It was by no fault of the probation and parole office or the District Attorney's office that request was not acted on fully."
Collins was granted the motion to quash the revocation hearing effectively setting him free on a $25,000 bond. Prosecutors say they will appeal the decision. Collins family was ecstatic.
"It was an excellent decision," says James Collins, Cecil's brother. "I was hoping we would get a release, actually but we got the bond. I really believe that 13 and a half years is enough. When they came out on top I walked out of there with a smile. I say we won!"
A hearing is set for next Thursday to determine the status of Collins returning to Florida.