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Former Illini guard Richmond back in jail for allegedly threatening probation officer

Jereme Richmond

Jereme Richmond

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:37AM

Former University of Illinois standout Jereme Richmond is back in jail, accused of refusing to submit to a drug test earlier this week.

Bond was set at $250,000 Friday, April 26, for the former Waukegan basketball star.

Richmond is also accused of making indirect threats against his probation officer Thursday, April 25, when he went in for drug testing.

Richmond allegedly told his probation officer to “be safe” and of using his fingers to simulate shooting with a gun.

“We’re maintaining his innocence ... I told the judge we can’t fight (the officer’s) imagination,” Richmond’s attorney Lawrence Wade said.

For allegedly threatening the probation officer police charged Richmond with harassment of a witness. He could spend up to seven years in prison if convicted or receive a sentence of probation.

Richmond, 21, is serving 18 months of probation for bringing a loaded gun to his ex girlfriend’s Waukegan residence August 2011. He has to report to his probation officer and pass drug screenings as part of his probation terms.

The court ordered Richmond not to use drugs or alcohol as part of his probation terms. He plays semi-professional basketball for the Sauk Valley Predators in Sterling, Illinois. Richmond was allowed to travel out of Lake County and out of state to play with this team as he completed probation.

Richmond had a checkered history of complying with probation terms. He tested for drugs last fall. He had also failed to attend a treatment class — he was ordered to attend substance abuse and domestic violence treatment.

But Richmond had gotten himself on track and was in compliance with all his terms. He has not missed a class since the first time it happened, Wade said.

“He was doing everything right. We felt he had a fair chance of getting to probation termination,” Wade said.

Richmond is due back in court for bond review May 1. He remains in custody at Lake County Jail.

He was charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon for the August 2011 incident. The aggravated battery charge was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the weapons charge.

Richmond helped lead the Waukegan Bulldogs to two Final Four state championship games when he was in high school. He also played basketball at University of Illinois. He was not picked up after he declared for NBA draft.

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