Former Michigan State Basketball Star Sentenced To 18-to-40 Years In Prison For Murder

Written by Tony Ghaul

Former Michigan State star point guard Keith Appling is sentenced to  18 to 40 years for second-degree murder plus two years for felony firearm, which is to be served consecutively.

Appling was initially charged on June 10, 2021, in connection with the May 22, 2021, shooting death of Clyde Edmonds, 66, of Detroit. Edmond’s was the husband of Appling’s mother’s 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.

On May 22, 2021, Detroit police were dispatched to a home on Whitcomb Street at approximately 7:10 p.m. in response to a reported shooting, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officers found Edmonds on the front lawn of the home with multiple gunshot wounds, medics transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

As a junior at Michigan State, Appling was the team’s leading scorer but his college career ended with a wrist injury that disrupted his professional prospects.

He later played in the NBA G League, spent time with the Orlando Magic in 2016 and played professionally in Italy in 2019.

Former Michigan State star point guard Keith Appling. Photo courtsey of DraftExpress

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