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Former NBA player gets 8 years in Illinois prison

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 1:30 p.m. CDT

DANVILLE (AP) — 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.

Defense 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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