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Former Mr. Basketball Jereme Richmond back in jail

Jereme Richmond

Jereme Richmond

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Former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond — the one-time Mr. Basketball in Illinois — was sent back to jail Thursday after violating terms of his probation.

Richmond, who briefly went to the University of Illinois after starring at Waukegan High, tested positive for marijuana — violating his probation in a gun case, Lake County assistant state’s attorney James Newman said.

Richmond, 20, was put on 18 months of probation in January after pleading guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. In August 2011, an uncased and loaded .40 caliber Smith and Wesson was found in the backseat of his car when he drove to his ex girlfriend’s house. He made threats to use the gun against his ex girlfriend’s family, officials said.

Richmond was also charged with aggravated battery for allegedly beating his ex the day before the gun incident, but that charge was dropped as part of his plea deal.

As part of his sentence, he was to serve 180 days in jail. But that sentenced was stayed — until Thursday.

That’s when he was brought before Circuit Judge John Phillips because prosecutors had a report from Richmond’s probation officer that he violated the terms of his probation.

Richmond tested positive for cannabis on Oct. 19, then failed to comply Wednesday with a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew that was put in place after the failed drug test. He also didn’t to show up for orientation for a domestic battery treatment program, Newman alleged.

Phillips lifted the stay on Richmond’s 180-day jail sentence after the probation report was revealed.

His attorney, Lawrence Wade, asked the judge to consider releasing Richmond home under a 24-hour curfew.

Richmond was found to display addictive tendencies in his pre-sentence investigation report, Wade noted.

“I believe these tendencies have reared their ugly head as recently as last Friday,” Wade said. “He may have problems using and abusing marijuana.”

Richmond is not employed but is engaged with volunteer work in basketball programs in Chicago, Wade said.



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