Kentucky State University basketball player arrested, charged with firing shots

He's been removed from the team

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

A Kentucky State University basketball player was dismissed from the team — removed from the roster just days before a big tournament — after he allegedly fired shots into an apartment complex clubhouse.

Devan Crain, 24, of 120 Marlowe Court, No. 82, was indicted Tuesday for first-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence.

Frankfort Police Capt. Robert Warfel said officers responded to the Riverford Crossing apartments clubhouse at 8000 John Davis Drive around 9 a.m. Friday after a manager found damage to the building.

Warfel said Thursday night someone fired a handgun into the building several times, damaging a window, as well as exterior and interior walls. One of the bullets also went inside the building and hit a computer, Warfel said.

The damage is estimated to be about $2,000.

After officers canvassed the area and spoke with witnesses, Warfel said Kentucky State University police helped them locate Crain on the university’s campus.

Warfel said Crain admitted to firing the shots into the building. Officers recovered the handgun, which was allegedly hidden at an off-campus residence, Warfel said.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Crain fired the shots out a car window.

“Fortunately nobody was in the building when he did this,” Cleveland said.

The Riverford Crossing clubhouse contains a fitness center accessible to apartment residents 24 hours a day. Warfel said if someone had been inside when the shots were fired Thursday night, Crain would also have been charged with wanton endangerment.

“He said he was doing it in honor of the one year anniversary of the death of his aunt,” Cleveland said. “What that has to do with shooting up the clubhouse at the apartment complex, I cannot fathom.”

Crain is listed on team rosters as a junior guard on the KSU basketball team. He most recently made the news last week when he missed a last-second free throw, costing the team a chance at overtime against Kentucky Wesleyan College.

KSU spokesperson Felicia Lewis said Crain is still a student at the university, but as of Friday he is no longer a member of the basketball team.

Lewis said the university’s athletic director declined to comment when asked why Crain had been dismissed from the team.

The team is currently playing in the SIAC Championship Tournament in Birmingham. KSU beat Claflin University 76-55 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.

Franklin County Regional Jail officials said Crain was released on his own recognizance Monday.

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  • Well,  I would think that the KSU code of conduct would dictate that the young man find another school.

  • Legion, Shhhhh! Don't want deleted again. Gotta get creative sometimes to bypass the censor hammer ;-)

  • He said apes**t...

  • 512.020bCriminal mischief in the first degree.
    (1) A person is guilty of criminal mischief in the first degree when, having no right
    to do so or any reasonable ground to believe that he has such right, he
    intentionally or wantonly defaces, destroys or damages any property causing
    pecuniary loss of $1,000 or more. 
    (2) Criminal mischief in the first degree is a Class D felony. 
    Effective:June 19, 1976
    History: Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch.b183, sec.b3. -- Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch.b406,
    sec.b106, effective January 1, 1975.

    Class D felony punishable by one to five years in the pen...

  • john_doe, don't forget how this town operates. He knows somebody to get out over playing Rambo here. Funny thing is that our local jails are filled up with minor contempt charges or addicts who aren't a threat to none of us. I think any man who goes apeshit crazy with a gun shouldn't even be allowed bail period and let a judge decide if he had a legitimate reason to put dozens of lives at risk.

  • Better yet, why is a KSU basketball player living at Marlowe Court?  Isn't that government housing?

  • There is no age limit for college athletes. I was 17 for my first two months of college. My daughter was 19 after 3 months of college. Generally the college athlete has 4 years of elgibility in a sport. There are lots of reasons a person may not start college as soon as they graduate high school. They may go to a prep school, community college, trade school or even into the military. They may have been held back in school for academic reasons or athletic reasons. I know of some parents that hold their children back in middle school to give them a better chance in high school athletics. Once they start their college athletic career they may be redshirted or even be injured and have to sit out of the sport and maybe even going to school because of injuries.

  • For those who are diction challenged:

    "A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point. The question, a rhetorical device, is posed not to elicit a specific answer, but rather to encourage the listener to consider a message or viewpoint." 

  • capitalcitizen, March 5, 2014 8:11AM

    "I have a question as to why someone who is 24 years old is still playing college basketball as a "junior.""

    Because Crain is obviously a black man who is genetically and intellectually inferior to the good capitalcitizen. Rhetorical question much?

  • I have a question as to why someone who is 24 years old is still playing college basketball as a "junior."


    This is ridiculous.  Criminal mischief is not a sufficient charge when a gun and gunshots are involved.


  • Really, criminal mischeif? He shot up an apartment complex, it's not like he just stuck a cherry bomb in a mail box.

  • He's out shooting up the place and the courts let him out on his own 'recognizance'???  WTF??