Ex-MSU star Appling gets a year in jail in gun case

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Former MSU basketball star Keith Appling was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and five years’ probation in connection with a Detroit police stop last year. He was given credit for four days of jail time at his sentencing.

Last month, Appling pleaded guilty in one case to carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing a Detroit police officer during a traffic stop on the city’s east side.

As part of a sentencing agreement, two other criminal cases were dismissed. Appling acknowledging making mistakes and apologized during the hearing in Wayne County Circuit Court.

“I’ve been a law-abiding citizen all my life,” Appling told Judge Lawrence Talon. “I let a lot of people down, especially in my community ... and my mother.”

Appling, 25, was arrested Aug. 28, 2016, on Detroit’s east side. Authorities say police stopped Appling but he took off when they tried to get his driver’s license.

In that case, Appling is accused of fleeing police and tossing a bag out of his car. The bag contained his name and also a gun, police said after the arrest.

Appling was driving a blue 2013 Dodge Challenger around 9:10 p.m. when police officers from the Detroit Police Department’s tactical response unit allegedly saw the car’s driver commit a traffic violation in the area of Russell at East Seven Mile, according to police.

When officers made contact with Appling, they allegedly noticed “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle and asked for his driver’s license.

Appling had been charged in two other gun cases, one in Detroit in June 2016 and another in Dearborn. In the Dearborn case, Appling, a former guard for the Spartans, was charged with a felony and two misdemeanors in connection with a May 1, 2016, incident at a Michigan Avenue nightclub around 6:47 p.m.

Dearborn police had responded to a call from the Pantheon Club on the 12900 block of Michigan. Security officers allegedly saw a man pull a gun from the trunk of a car in the parking lot. Police arrived and allegedly saw Appling in the driver’s seat of the car security had described.


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