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Former NBA player pleads guilty, sentenced to 8 years in Illinois prison

Toronto Raptors' Keon Clark slams the ball during first half NBA first round playoff action against the Detroit Pistons in Toronto Saturday April 27, 2002. Former NBA player Clark has received an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to two charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer
December 04, 2013 - 11:58 AM

DANVILLE, Ill. - Former NBA player Keon Clark has received an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to two charges.

Edgar County Circuit Judge Matthew Sullivan signed off Wednesday on Clark's plea agreement with prosecutors. The 38-year-old Danville native was 23 when he became the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. The News-Gazette in Champaign reports (http://bit.ly/1bIB1cv ) he tearfully said in court that he has to own up to his past.

Clark has been in the Vermilion County jail since Aug. 4. He faced weapon, drug and traffic-related charges. On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to weapons and driving under the influence charges in two separate cases.

Defence attorneys requested that the judge recommend Clark serve time at a state Department of Corrections drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility outside Chicago.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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