Ex-NBA player to stand trial on weapon charge

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.

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crackerman wrote on July 27, 2012 at 7:07 am

Keon was the missing link to the Jazz winning a NBA championship after Deron Williams arrived...................................just kidding!

Independent Thinker wrote on July 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

Keon must prefer to live in prison or jail than society.  He's gotten arrested for the dumbest things possible...most of which are minor in nature.  But they added up and he's found himself locked up. He still draws a sizeable NBA pension so its not as if he'll ever have to work again.  I do somewhat admire Keon Clark because even as an NBA player, he never left Danville.  Most regular people cant wait to leave Danville.  Keon has the means to do it, but wont.  I've known acquaintances of Keon that says he's the nicest, soft spoken charitable guy that only wants to be left alone and play golf.  Too bad this stuff continues to find him.