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Ex-basketball player Keon Clark sentenced for weapons, DUI convictions

Dec. 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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DANSVILLE, Ill., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Former basketball player Keon Clark was sentenced in Dansville, Ill., to eight years imprisonment for weapons and driving under the influence violations.

"I did a lot of stuff in my past," Clark said tearfully at his plea hearing in Vermilion County Court Wednesday. "I have to own up to it."

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Clark, 38, was the 13th pick in the 1998 NBA draft and had a six-year career with Denver, Toronto, Sacramento and Utah.

He has faced a series of criminal charges and has served multiple prison terms since his career in 2004, and dealt with alcohol abuse issues during his playing days, Sports Illustrated said.

In 2012, a sheriff's deputy found a loaded firearm in Clark's home, a parole violation, and earlier this year Clark admitted to having "too many beers" after driving his car into a telephone pole. He pleaded guilty to the two charges in two separate cases, and Wednesday was sentenced to four years for each count.

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