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Jereme Richmond back in jail for probation violations

Jereme Richmond

Jereme Richmond

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Updated: November 27, 2012 10:49AM

Former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond, 20, was sent back to jail Thursday after violating terms of his probation.

Richmond was brought before Lake County Circuit Judge John Phillips because prosecutor James Newman had a report from his probation officer that Richmond tested positive for marijuana on Oct. 19, then failed to comply with a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Oct. 24 and failed to show up for orientation for a domestic battery treatment program. Richmond was placed on the curfew the same day he tested positive for pot, Newman said.

Richmond was placed on 18 months of probation in January after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for an incident in August 2011. On Aug. 8, an uncased and loaded .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was in the backseat of his car when he drove to his ex-girlfriend’s house. He made threats to use the gun against the girl’s family, authorities said.

The former Mr. Illinois Basketball also was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly beating his ex the day before the gun incident, but that charge was dropped as part of his plea deal. As part of his plea, Richmond was sentenced to probation, pay a $500 fine, perform 200 hours of community service and donate $250 to a shelter for battered women.

“If they are successful in proving (this), they could ask that your probation be revoked and you could be re-sentenced on the Class 4 felony or be held in contempt of court,” Phillips said of the alleged probation violations.

Richmond, who briefly played for the University of Illinois, denied the allegations through his attorney, Lawrence Wade.

Phillips lifted the stay on Richmond’s 180-day jail sentence Thursday. When Richmond took the plea deal earlier this year, he was also given a 180-day jail sentence. However, the jail time was stayed, meaning it was only to be served if Richmond was not in compliance with probation.

Wade asked Phillips to consider releasing Richmond home under a 24-hour curfew.

Richmond was found to display addictive tendencies in his pre-sentence investigation report, Wade said.

“I believe these tendencies have reared their ugly head as recently as last Friday,” Wade said. “He may have problems using and abusing marijuana.”

Richmond is not employed, but is engaged with volunteer work in basketball programs in Chicago, Wade said.

Lake County’s probation office issued a mandate for Richmond to complete substance abuse last Friday. Richmond is due to begin this treatment Oct. 29, his probation officer said.

Richmond remains in custody at Lake County Jail. He is due back in court Monday to see if he will be released from jail.

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

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