Ex-NBA star Keon Clark sentenced to prison in drive case

URBANA – Former National Basketball Association player Keon Clark of Danville is headed back to prison again on a driving-related conviction.

Clark, 35, who listed an address on Poland Road in Danville, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus to driving under revocation, admitting that he drove in Champaign County on Feb. 14 of this year at a time when he had three prior convictions for driving under revocation.

Clark was sentenced to 33 months in prison but was allowed to surrender himself to begin serving his sentence on Aug. 11.

Klaus was the same judge who sentenced Clark to 30 months in prison in September 2007 for driving under suspension.

Clark has had a number of brushes with police over his driving in Champaign and Vermilion counties and has testified at previous court hearings that he has a problem with alcohol. He last played professional basketball for the Utah Jazz in the 2003-2004 season.

In other Champaign County criminal cases recently resolved:

– Gary Fonville, 38, whose last known address was in the 3100 block of West Daniel Street, Champaign, was resentenced last week to five years and eight months in prison for a 2008 burglary conviction. Fonville initially received probation for the April 22, 2008, burglary to Wienerschnitzel at 2102 W. Springfield Ave., C, but prosecutors took steps to revoke his probation when he didn't comply with the terms.

Fonville admitted in June that he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer on 12 different occasions and by using alcohol.

– Maurice Davis, 45, of the 1300 block of Comanche Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He admitted that on May 13, he made arrangements with a police informant to sell that person less than a gram of cocaine at a location in Champaign.

– George Dorris Jr., 30, who last lived in Urbana, was resentenced to five years in prison for possession of a controlled substance. He admitted in April that he violated the probation he initially received for the 2009 conviction by failing to pay his fines, failing to get treatment, and by smoking cannabis.

– Michael L. Coleman, 32, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Eureka Street, Champaign, was sentenced to four years in prison for possession with intent to deliver cannabis. He pleaded guilty to having cannabis packaged for sale in his pocket on April 22 when he was stopped by Champaign police.

Coleman was sentenced in his absence by Judge Tom Difanis on July 22 but showed up a few hours later, at the time he was instructed to by jail officials when he posted bond. His attorney has asked Difanis to reconsider the sentence at a hearing scheduled for Monday.

– Anton Clark Jr., 29, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Carver Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to three years in prison with credit for almost a year served.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, admitting that on July 26, 2009, he shot Tyron Sibley in the arm and leg in the 1000 block of North Fifth Street in Champaign.

More serious charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm were dismissed in return for his plea.

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bill516 wrote on June 08, 2011 at 11:06 am

UNREAL, 3-yrs in PRISON for unlicensed driving , I mean whats next, I know. A 1-yr minimum for J-walking. Klaus will love that.