Keith Appling pleaded guilty to second-degree last month and now he is finding out his fate.
The former Michigan State basketball player was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison for the death of a family member. Appling will also serve two consecutive years, for a felony firearm charge, in the Michigan Department of Corrections.
The former Michigan State Spartans star is said to have gotten in an argument with his first cousin, Clyde Edmonds, before Appling shot Edmonds multiple times.
“What an extremely sad turn of events for a man that once had a promising future. This was a senseless crime, and the fact remains that his victim will never know another day of life,” said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
Appling’s girlfriend, Natalie Bannister, is said to have received 1.5 years of probation after pleading guilty to charges of lying to police. She reportedly drove Appling from the crime scene, but an accessory charge was dismissed.
The former basketball player spent four years at MSU and was named Michigan Mr. Basketball in 2010. During his four seasons at Michigan State, Appling averaged 10.6 points per game.
He had a few stints in the NBA G League and spent some time with the Orlando Magic in 2016, and he last played professionally in Italy in 2019.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.