Ex-NBA player to stand trial on weapon charge
DANVILLE — Former NBA player and convicted felon Keon Clark will stand trial for allegedly having a rifle in his Danville home earlier this summer.
Vermilion County Circuit Judge Craig DeArmond on Thursday found probable cause to try Clark on one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon-parole, a Class 2 felony, and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony.
Clark, 37, who is being represented by Champaign attorney Jim Martinkus, pleaded innocent to the charges. His jury trial was set for Nov. 5.
Both charges carry special penalty provisions that could extend Clark's prison sentence, if he's convicted. Upon conviction, Clark could face between three and 14 years in prison for the Class 2 felony, and two to 10 years for the Class 3 felony.
At his preliminary hearing in Vermilion County Circuit Court, Vermilion County sheriff's deputy Sara Bower testified that she went to Clark's home in the 300 block of Poland Road on the afternoon of June 27. She was responding to a tip that Clark had a weapon in his basement.
Bower said Clark consented to letting her, his parole officer Kelly Harvey andVermilion County sheriff's deputy Pete Miller search his home for the weapon. She said they found a semi-automatic rifle as well as ammunition and magazines inside the house.
She said deputies then took Clark into custody without incident.
He currently is in prison on a parole violation.
In March 2011, Clark was sentenced to two two-year sentences for driving after revocation and driving after suspension in Vermilion and Champaign counties. He was released on parole on Jan. 19.
Clark also was sentenced in October 2007 to two years in prison for a possession of a controlled substance conviction.
In addition, he has had a number of brushes over his driving with police in Vermilion and Champaign counties, and has testified at previous court hearings that he has had a problem with alcohol.
Clark last played professional basketball for the Utah Jazz in the 2003-04 season.