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Jereme Richmond tests positive for pot, sent back to jail

Jereme Richmond

Jereme Richmond

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Updated: December 21, 2011 1:54AM

Jereme Richmond was taken back to jail Friday after a Lake County judge learned the former Waukegan High School basketball star tested positive for marijuana while out on bond.

Richmond, 19, tested positive for marijuana after a random drug test on Oct. 5, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney James Newman.

Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak set Richmond’s bond back to $100,000 and he was remanded to the Lake County Jail.

If Richmond posts bond again, he will be placed on 24-hour curfew and be allowed to leave home only to train, Potkonjak said.

Richmond was charged with aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a weapon following his arrest Aug. 8. Bond was initially set at $100,000, but was lowered to $65,000 when Richmond bonded out.

“I explained to (Richmond) the importance of following the rules of court. Mr. Richmond understands the allegations,” defense attorney Lawrence Wade said.

One of the conditions of posting bond is to submit to random testing for drugs and alcohol. Richmond was previously placed on curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. when he was out on bond, Newman said.

Wade said that Richmond had been on pretrial bond services since August (court records state Richmond was released from custody Sept. 19) and that the marijuana memo was the first violation.

“I believe this was an opportunity for Mr. Richmond to address issues in his personal life. If the judge is considering modifying his bond, we’re asking not to increase the bond monetarily,” Wade said.

He also reminded the court that Richmond is missing training opportunities with NBA players and coaches. Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes previously denied a request to allow Richmond to travel out of state to attend training sessions.

“(Richmond is) maintaining his fitness in the hopes that we can resolve this case and pursue his job, which is to play the game of basketball,” Wade said.

Richmond is accused of committing aggravated battery against a woman authorities said he may have dated. Police found Richmond in a vehicle that contained a handgun the day after the woman was allegedly battered.

If convicted, Richmond faces two to five years in prison for the aggravated battery charge and one to three years in prison for the gun charge.

Richmond led the Waukegan Bulldogs to victory at state tournaments. He also started in six of the 31 games he played as a freshman at the University of Illinois.

As of late Friday, Richmond was in custody at Lake County Jail. He is due back in court Nov. 7.

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