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2nd Man Sentenced In WSU Football Player’s Slaying

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Anton Blevins (photo courtesy: Detroit Police/2011)

Anton Blevins (photo courtesy: Detroit Police/2011)

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A 22-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a college football player outside a downtown nightclub.

Anton Blevins, convicted of second degree murder, was also sentenced Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court to five to 10 years for six counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and felony firearm.

Courtney “Cortez” Smith was gunned down at Club Envy in Detroit in May 2011 during an argument in the nightclub’s parking lot. A 25-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting.

Blevins, who was captured in Las Vegas in Dec. 2011, was accused of handing the gun used to kill Smith to Quinton King. King has already been sentenced to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder.

Smith was a junior at WSU majoring in criminal justice. He played cornerback and was the Warriors’ defensive rookie of the year in 2010. He was a 2008 graduate of Cass Tech, where he was also an all-city and all-metro football player.

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