Collard receives max sentence for 1980 murder of wife

After sentencing, Vanderwerker reiterated her hatred for her father.

"I don't love," she said. "I'll never forgive. I'll never, never forget."

Daughter Candy Horan, who did not attend the sentencing because she felt her time and money would be, "better served providing our mother with a proper burial," stated her feelings in a letter to the court.

"I love you because you are our dad and I hate you because you killed our mother," Horan stated, as read by Sprague. "Did you ever stop and think of us kids and what this would do to us? No, I think not."

Thomas Collard shook his head a couple of times during the reading of Horan's statement, in which she talked about the hope of seeing her mother again based on Collard's story that she had just run away.

"What fools we were," Horan stated. "I believe that I will never get the answers, or that I will believe those answers ... (I) hope you don't have another day or another second of joy in your life."

Sprague then spoke on behalf of the state.

"He was a bully, he was good at it, and he liked it," Sprague said about Collard, who momentarily looked toward the section where Vanderwerker was seated. "There is not one redeeming quality about the defendant."

Sprague also gave the court a glimpse of the evidence the state had collected, saying that the confession Collard gave to the court about the murder was inaccurate.

"The cause of death was determined to be anywhere between three and six blunt-force traumas to the head," Sprague said, afterwards stating, "We had forensic pathologists look at the skull and that is one of many things that would have come out with a trial."

Sprague then offered her recommendation based on the family's input.

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