By Evan Moore
Former Illini forward Jereme Richmond was sentenced to three years in prison Monday afternoon.
Richmond was convicted on charges of harassment of a witness for making threatening comments and gestures to a probation officer earlier this year.
The charges stem from when the former Mr. Basketball went into the probation office to take a urine test after missing his previously scheduled tests. When the probation officer refused, Richmond got upset and told the officer “be safe. be real safe,” as he was leaving the building.
The former Chicago Sun-Times Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year has had a long list of transgressions since leaving Waukegan High School. Those transgressions include punching his girlfriend and threatening her family with a gun along with pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon.
Richmond declared for the NBA draft after his freshman season at Illinois. He went undrafted.