- Scott Powers, Reporter
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Former Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond was released on a $50,000 recognizance bond and given a 24-hour curfew on Monday after spending the weekend in Lake County Jail on a probation violation, according to Richmond’s lawyer Lawrence Wade on Tuesday.
Richmond was originally arrested Aug. 9, 2011 on felony charges of aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault after allegedly confronting his ex-girlfriend's father. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon Jan. 23 and was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 180 days of jail, which was stayed until Oct. 25.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Newman notified Judge John Phillips on Oct. 25 that Richmond had tested positive for marijuana on Oct. 19, failed to attend an orientation class for domestic violence and broke his 6 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew.
Richmond returned to court Monday. Phillips allowed Richmond to go free on the recognizance bond, and Richmond can only leave his house to attend his treatment sessions for domestic violence and substance
“I don’t really know what happened (before,)” Wade said of Richmond. “Right now, he’s on a good path to erase all of this negative attention he’s been receiving. He’s definitely moving in the right direction with that.”
Richmond, a former McDonald's All-American from Waukegan, Ill., played the 2010-11 season at Illinois. He averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 31 games. He was suspended before the NCAA tournament for an athletic code violation and never suited up again for the Illini. He left school early for the NBA draft, but he was not selected.
Richmond agreed to a contract with the Sauk Valley Predators of the Premier Basketball League in February. He later quit the team before the end of the season.
Former Illini player Jereme Richmond released on bond.