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Waukegan Police Department Mugshot Jereme Richmond

Waukegan Police Department Mugshot of Jereme Richmond

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Updated: March 16, 2013 6:07AM

Jereme Richmond could learn today, Feb. 15, if he will be playing for a semi-professional basketball team in March.

Attorneys are trying to reach an agreement about possibly allowing Richmond to accept the job playing with the Sauk Valley Predators in Sterling, about 140 miles southwest of Waukegan.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney James Newman and Richmond’s attorney Lawrence Wade were unable to reach a “substantial agreement on a resolution” of a petition to revoke Richmond’s probation because of alleged violations for failing to attend court-ordered substance abuse and domestic violence treatment.

The two lawyers asked Judge John Phillips to schedule a 402 Conference.

“When the attorneys talk about a 402 Conference, ... I will talk with them about a possible resolution. In your case, you’re not going to be in there (when we talk),” Phillips told Richmond, at a court hearing Thursday. “In essence, they’re asking me for some help in resolving the case.”

The conference, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, was set behind closed doors with the attorneys, the judge and Richmond’s probation officer. Richmond consented to the conference.

Richmond is due back in court today so Phillips can tell him what happened at the conference.

Richmond, 20, of Waukegan, is about five months away from completing his 18-month probation sentence. He pleaded guilty to a weapons charge for an incident in which he brought a loaded gun to his ex-girlfriend’s house in August 2011. The aggravated battery charge from the incident was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Richmond has been offered to play for the semi-pro team, whose season starts in March. Richmond needs the judge’s John permission to adjust his probation so he can leave Lake County.

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