Jereme Richmond, troubled ex-Mr. Basketball, arrested again

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Troubled former Illinois Mr. Basketball Jereme Richmond was ordered back to jail this morning after he was accused of making threats against his probation officer.

Weeks shy of completing his probation on an earlier weapons charge, Richmond now faces the prospect of years in prison if convicted on new felony charges of witness harassment and disorderly conduct.

Richmond, 21, of Waukegan, had already been due in court this morning as authorities sought to revoke his probation because, they said, he had refused to submit to court-ordered drug testing.

But Thursday, prosecutors said, Richmond showed up at the probation office, angrily confronted his probation officer about why he was being taken back to court, told her to “be safe,” left the building and then circled the parking lot in his car several times, making a hand gesture in the form of a gun.

A judge this morning ordered Richmond held in Lake County jail on $250,000 bond. His lawyer, Lawrence Wade, said the new charges were based on “unwarranted fears” of his probation officer, with whom he said Richmond had “a long history.” Wade had sought a $50,000 bond.

The jailing is the latest is a long series of legal and professional setbacks since Richmond, named Mr. Basketball in 2010, left the University of Illinois team after one season in a failed bid to play for the NBA.

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Jereme Richmond, a former basketball player for the University of Illinois, is pictured in Waukegan on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (Keri Wiginton / Chicago Tribune)