Former Illinois swingman Jereme Richmond was charged on Tuesday with aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and battery. The charges stem from an incident on Monday in which Richmond allegedly beat a woman and threatened her with a gun, according to a report from the Daily Herald.
The news is another ugly twist in a what is turning into a sad saga. Richmond was heavily recruited out of Waukegan High school, but played sparingly his freshman year at Illinois before declaring for the NBA Draft, where he went undrafted.
Richmond, 19, was reportedly dating the 17-year-old woman, however the relationship had soured in recent weeks. An argument broke out outside of the woman's house in Waukegan, Ill., and Richmond threatened to shoot the woman while her mother looked on. When police arrived at the scene, Richmond was searching for something in a car. When the police looked, they found a gun.
Richmond held offers from a who's-who of college basketball elites, including Duke, Michigan State, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin. He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of the two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with which he is charged.
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