Man takes plea in killing of Mount Pleasant basketball star, gets 50 years

Jose Morales appears in Providence District Court, Monday, June 27, 2016, on charges stemming from the killing of Kip Stewart. (WJAR)

A man accused of killing a high school basketball star in 2016 pled nolo contendere on Monday to a second-degree murder charge.

Jose Morales, 24 of Providence, was sentenced 50 years with 35 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced.

In June 18, 2016 Morales and a group of friends got into a fight with another group at the Hartford Projects. Prosecutors say Morales took out a pistol and fired to the opposing group only to hit his friend, Kip Stewart in the forehead.

Stewart was attending CCRI at the time, but had been known for his time as a Mount Pleasant high school basketball star.

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