BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -The man convicted of killing a USC basketball player Ryan Francis was sentenced to life in prison.
State District Judge Richard ``Chip'' Moore III on Wednesday also sentenced 20-year-old DeAnthony Ford to 10 years for aggravated battery in a shooting two days before the one that killed the 19-year-old Francis.
Francis was home visiting his mother on Mother's Day weekend when he was shot and killed while riding in a car on May 13, 2006.
Francis was the starting point guard for USC his freshman year and had a 3.0 grade-point average.
He led his Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge to a 36-0 record and the state's 4-A championship in 2004-05. Francis was selected the 2005 Louisiana Class 4-A player of the year.
Defense attorney Winston McKesson, of Los Angeles, has said he will appeal Ford's conviction.

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