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Ex-MSU basketball star Keith Appling sentenced to 18-40 years in prison

On Feb. 13, Appling pleaded guilty to the second-degree and felony firearm charges, agreeing to the sentencing applied Friday.

Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was sentenced on Friday before Judge Michael Hathaway — receiving 18 to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, in connection to the May 2021 shooting and death of Clyde Edmonds.

Appling will also serve two consecutive years, for a felony firearm charge, in the Michigan Department of Corrections, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor's office. All other charges were dismissed.


On Feb. 13, Appling pleaded guilty to the second-degree and felony firearm charges, agreeing to the sentencing applied Friday.

“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, 31, was charged in June 2021 for the fatal shooting of Edmonds, 66, on Whitcomb Street in Detroit, whose wife is Appling's mother's first cousin. Appling's girlfriend, Natalie Bannister, was also charged as an accessory to the shooting and for lying to officers; she pleaded guilty to the lying charge in July 2022 and received 1.5 years of probation, and the accessory charge was dismissed.



The former basketball player spent four years at MSU and was named Michigan Mr. Basketball in 2010. He was MSU's leading scorer his junior season, had a few stints in the NBA G League, spent some time with the Orlando Magic in 2016, and last played professionally in Italy in 2019.

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