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Ex-Illini Jereme Richmond pleads guilty to gun charge, gets probation

Jereme Richmond

Jereme Richmond

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Updated: February 25, 2012 8:17AM



Ex-Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond pleaded guilty Monday to gun charges and was sentenced to 1-1/2 years on probation.

As part of a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors, Richmond, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for the Aug. 8 incident in which a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was in the back seat of a car he drove.

The gun was uncased and loaded in Richmond’s car when he drove to a Waukegan residence and made threats to use the gun against the family of his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said.

He was also charged with aggravated battery for beating his ex-girlfriend the day before, but that charge was dropped as part of his plea deal.

In addition to the probation, Richmond was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $3,276 in court costs, perform 200 hours of community service and donate $250 to a shelter for battered and abused women.

If he violates his probation, Richmond could get 6 months in jail.

The former Waukegan High School basketball star is forbidden from drinking alcohol or using drugs while on probation. He tested positive for marijuana while out on bond in October.

Richmond also was ordered not to come within 500 feet of his ex-girlfriend’s home.

Judge John Phillips ordered that Richmond undergo evaluations for substance abuse, anger management and domestic violence.

“You are obviously a talented young man. I hope you make it through probation,” Phillips told Richmond.



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