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Judge refuses to reduce Richmond’s bond

Jereme Richmond

Jereme Richmond

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Updated: June 3, 2013 2:21PM

A judge refused to reduce the bond of former University of Illinois basketball standout Jereme Richmond.

Richmond, 21, was before Judge Raymond Collins Wednesday, May 1, so his attorney Lawrence Wade could ask Collins to lower the $250,000 bond.

Richmond of Waukegan is serving 18 months of probation for bringing a loaded gun to his ex girlfriend’s Waukegan home August 2011. Richmond’s probation for that offense is due to terminate July 23.

He was ordered to comply with random drug testing during probation. Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Newman filed a petition to revoke Richmond’s probation in April after Richmond allegedly refused to submit to a random test April 22, according to court records.

Richmond racked up a new felony charge after he met with probation officer last Thursday, April 25. He was charged with harassment of a witness, a class 2 felony punishable up to seven years in prison.

Wade said he maintained his client’s innocence to the latest allegations. He asked Collins to consider putting Richmond on a 24-hour curfew.

“The defendant has significant ties to this community. I don’t think there’s any likelihood of further threats,” Wade said.

Collins said Richmond’s bond will remain the same and set the matter to May 22 for preliminary hearing.

Richmond remains in custody at Lake County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

He helped lead the Waukegan Bulldogs to two Final Four state championship games in high school. He also started in six of 31 games at University of Illinois. He was suspended before the NCAA tournament for an athletic code violation, according to ESPN.

He was contracted to play for semi pro Sauk Valley Predators in February 2013, but quit the team after less than two months, co-owner and Director of Operations Leah Grenoble said.

Richmond was showing up for every practice and getting along well with his teammates, she said. “He was a great team player ... he showed determination and motivation.”

The team was “blind sighted” after Richmond quit via text message the first week of April, according to Grenoble.

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