Former NBA player Keon Clark pleaded guilt to a weapons charge and a DUI here in Illinois.
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 he tearfully said in court that he has to own up to his past.
The 38-year-old Danville native faced 10 weapons, drugs and driving-related charges stemming from one 2012 case and four 2013 cases.
Sullivan sentenced Clark to four years in the Illinois Department of Correction on each count. The terms must be served consecutively. Clark was credited with having served 122 days behind bars on one count and 16 days on the other.
Before sentencing, Sullivan gave Clark a chance to address the court. Clark asked to address the audience, then stood to face his mother and fellow members of the Carter Metropolitan Community Church in Danville. ‘You heard I flipped a car,’ he said, his voice choked with emotion. ‘I (got) stitches — 13 to be exact, and I walked away from it. It could’ve been a lot worse. It’s going to be a lot better.’