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Updated: October 30, 2012 7:53PM

Former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond was released from Lake County Jail on Monday on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

Richmond, 20, was before Circuit Judge John Phillips to address whether or not he would have to remain in jail for violating the terms of his probation. Richmond was sentenced to 18 months probation in January for two offenses in August 2011.

Phillips released Richmond on his signature and placed Richmond under a 24-hour curfew Monday. He also said Richmond was to comply with all terms of his probation, meaning not smoking marijuana and having to attend substance abuse and domestic violence treatment programs.

“It’s pretty clear right now that you don’t go anywhere except treatment,” Phillips said.

Richmond was charged with aggravated battery amid allegations he beat his ex-girlfriend at her Waukegan residence. He also was charged with unlawful use of a weapon for bringing a loaded handgun to the woman’s residence the day after she was physically beaten.

Richmond pleaded guilty to the weapons charge and the aggravated battery charge was dropped.

On Oct. 25, Phillips remanded Richmond to the Lake County Jail after the former Mr. Illinois Basketball tested positive for marijuana, failed to comply with probation curfew and failed to appear for domestic violence treatment.

On Monday, Richmond’s attorney, Lawrence Wade, asked Phillips to release his client with a 24-hour curfew. He also gave Phillips a letter that Richmond wrote explaining himself. That letter was not released to the media.

“In the past, Mr. Richmond did very well on 24-hour curfew. The letter shows...he understands there are consequences for not following the rules. He understands that now,” Wade said.

Assistant State’s Attorney James Newman asked Phillips to either impose a 24-hour curfew or consider imposing a sentence of periodic imprisonment.

“We have concerns that there is confusion in the defendant’s mind for who’s responsible for informing him what to do,” Newman said.

Richmond, a former University of Illinois basketball player, admitted in his letter that he was given money to complete his treatment sessions, but did not think that time was of the essence, Newman said.

“He seems to do best in a structured environment where he is told what to do,” Newman said.

Phillips said he will “re-look at this in two weeks to make sure” Richmond is in compliance with probation and that he is attending treatment. Richmond is due back in court Nov. 13.

As a Waukegan High School student, Richmond led the Bulldogs to two state tournaments appearances.

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