Pierre Collins pleads guilty to murdering son

Monday, August 03, 2015

Pierre Barlee Collins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his son, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Collins, 33, was charged with the death of his 10-year-old son Barway Collins, who had disappeared in March. Pierre Collins was immediately sentenced to 40 years in prison and he will have to spend at least 27 years in prison before he is eligible to spend the remaining years on supervised release.

“I’ve carried several titles in my life,” Freeman said in a news conference after the guilty plea. “But the one I’m proudest of is dad. I’m proud of my five kids. The last thing we know that Barway Collins said is, ‘There’s my dad.’ And he said it in a voice of being excited to see the person he loved. He’s gone. None of us can explain or comprehend how a father could kill his son. We don’t know exactly what happened … [but] there’s some justice for Barway’s family and for little Barway, as well.”

Pierre Collins has been in jail since his arrest in April, shortly after Barway Collins’ body was discovered in the Mississippi River.

Through the use of surveillance video and cell phone evidence, police were able to track Pierre Collins’ movements during the day of March 18, the day Barway disappeared.

Barway Collins’ body was found in that area with his feet bound by duct tape and more duct tape was around his torso.

Criminal complaint PDF