He was arrested again in 2006 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He was awaiting court proceedings at South Central Regional Jail when he was involved in another incident that led to a battery charge. He pleaded guilty to that charge, adding 30 days to his stay.
The initial charge was later dismissed in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Collins was arrested again in November 2008 after South Charleston officers found a gun in his possession during a traffic stop.
Collins had a Cobray model M-12 .380 caliber handgun tucked in his waistband and was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Patrolman J.K. Halstead, a former corrections officer at South Central Regional Jail, recalled during federal court proceedings that Collins hit another corrections officer in the face with a food tray.
Collins pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in August 2009 and was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release.
According to a request last year to modify the terms of his supervision, Collins was being housed in a halfway house in Columbus and began showing "signs of his previously diagnosed mental illness."
No other mention of mental illness was found upon further review of court records.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.