Unlawful use of weapon charge against Jereme Richmond dropped
By Jim Newton email@example.com | @JimNewton5 October 10, 2013 5:58PM
Updated: November 13, 2013 6:05AM
A Supreme Court ruling that cited Illinois’ lack of a concealed carry law has led to dismissal of one of the charges against former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped charges of unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, against Richmond Thursday because no concealed carry law was in effect when he was arrested during domestic incident in which he was found with a gun.
According to police, Richmond was retrieving a gun from his car during an argument with his girlfriend’s father in August of 2011.
State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim and Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Newman said Thursday Richmond still faces sentencing for his conviction on Class 2 harassment of a witness charges, a more serious offense that carries a potential sentence of three to seven years in prison.
The unlawful use of a weapon charge carries a potential sentence of one to three years.
Nerheim said the circumstances of the earlier incident with the gun can still be used in aggravation against Richmond at his pending sentencing hearing.
Nerheim also noted that if Richmond committed the same act today as he did on Aug. 8, 2011, he would be charged under the new concealed carry law, which requires gun owners to have a concealed carry permit to carry a gun or have one in public.
Richmond was convicted of harassment of a witness in August for allegedly acting in a threatening manner toward a probation officer.
According to prosecutors, the harassment charges resulted from verbal threats and shooting gestures Richmond made after he became upset when his probation officer wouldn’t let him take a make-up drug test instead of requiring him to appear in court for allegedly violating conditions of his probation.
The case centered on incidents Thursday, April 25, a day before the probation officer was scheduled to state in a court hearing the next day that Richmond had not taken a scheduled drug test that Monday and failed to do so Tuesday, too, when she and another officer visited his home.
Just before the probation office closed on April 25, Richmond came in and wanted to submit a urine test in lieu of the previously missed tests. The probation officer refused him, saying the office was closing for the day and she would see him in court the next morning.
Officials said Richmond, who was upset, told the officer to “be safe, be real safe,” as he was leaving the building. He then waited across the street in his parked car for several minutes before backing out of the spot and making what two secretaries and an IT employee, who were watching out of a window, described as shooting gestures with his hand before circling the office in the car and being pulled over by sheriff’s deputies.
He was found guilty of those charges by a Lake County jury in early August, and remains in Lake County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.