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Former University of Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond received an 18-month probation sentence after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon.

Richmond was arrested in August after police accused him of shoving a girlfriend and threatening to shoot her.

Defense attorney Lawrence Wade says Richmond entered the guilty plea Monday, although he never wielded the gun, but bore some legal responsibility for it because it had been in his car.

In addition to probation, Lake County Circuit Judge John Philips ordered Richmond to pay a $500 fine, $3,276 in court costs, donate $250 to a shelter to battered women and 200 hours of community service.

Richmond played sparingly in one season at Illinois. He left early for the NBA draft but wasn't drafted.

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