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Rapper sentenced for accidental shooting of friend

September 25, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A rapper charged with killing a former Rhode Island high school basketball star has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and been sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Jose Morales, Providence, was sentenced Monday to 50 years with 35 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation for the June 2016 killing of 22-year-old Kip Stewart.

Under a plea agreement, the judge dismissed first-degree murder, felony assault and gun charges.

Prosecutors say Morales was part of a group that got into a fight with another group. Morales took out a pistol and fired at the opposing group, but hit his friend, Stewart, in the head.

Stewart, a father of a young child, had been a star basketball player at Mount Pleasant High School.

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