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Dec 31, 2013 9:00 AM

Man Sentenced For Role In Shooting Of Former UK Basketball Player

An Ohio man was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the 2011 shooting death of a former UK basketball player.

Desmond "Dez" Allison, 31, was shot to death in July, 2011, in Columbus. Investigators say the shooting stemmed from an argument between Alison's girlfriend and an ex-girlfriend over a hat. Witnesses say three men approached him and one of them accused Allison of "messing with his cousin." The man punched Allison, and another drew a gun and opened fire.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Richard L. Willis, 27, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Allison played for UK from 1998 to 2000.

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