Reo Coates gets 8 year for robbery-slaying

Reo Coates, a 22-year old from Upper Marlboro, Maryland who earlier pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter for a Southeast Washington robbery that left a man dead, was sentenced today to 8 years in prison, authorities say.

At around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2007, a group including Coates went to the 34th Street apartment of 39-year old Anthony Collins and claimed to be interested in purchasing illegal drugs. When Collins opened the door, a robber stuck his gun inside and shouted something along the lines of “You know what time it is.”

Collins threw his body against the door in an attempt to close it, but the robbers had already begun stabbing him with knives. After a brief struggle, the robbers forced their way into the apartment, continued to stab Collins, and stole crack cocaine before leaving the scene.

Although Collins was transported to an area hospital and survived the initial attack, his condition eventually began to worsen, and he lapsed into a coma and died on Dec. 28, 2007.