Champaign man faces new charges in connection with Assembly Hall incident

Champaign man faces new charges in connection with Assembly Hall incident

URBANA — The Champaign County state's attorney's office has filed additional charges against a Champaign man arrested after he allegedly tried to bring weapons into the Assembly Hall last month.

Kenneth P. Bergman, 64, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Hollycrest Drive, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

The charges were added after prosecutors confirmed Bergman's previous conviction in Vermilion County more than 40 years ago. He was convicted in 1971 of felony manufacture and delivery of cannabis.

Bergman was previously charged in the current case with unlawful possession of weapons and possession of firearm ammunition without a firearm owner's identification card.

According to a University of Illinois police report, Bergman was talking to people outside the Assembly Hall on March 23 and said some suspicious things that led those people to call police.

Bergman claimed to be a part of the Assembly Hall security team, and when officers searched him, they found two 6-inch throwing knives, a spring-loaded expandable baton, a Taser, a can of pepper spray, a razor blade and two live rounds of ammunition.

Bergman is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $10,000 bond.

His next court appearance has been set for May 7.

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Orbiter wrote on April 03, 2013 at 8:04 pm

And yet in a prior story about this incident, the News-Gazette quoted a police officer as saying they were sure he was not trying to bring weapons into the Assembly Hall.  Now they've changed their minds??  Something is fishy....

Robeman1957 wrote on April 03, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Can't wait to hear more.  I know without a doubt that at one time not too long ago he did have a FOID issued by the state police.  And the state police approved his purchase of at least 3 firearms that I know of.  Don't know anything about his conviction, but it seems the state police didn't either.

Bulldogmojo wrote on April 03, 2013 at 9:04 pm

A FORTY year old pot conviction is what ran it into the end zone for these prosecutors? FORTY YEARS? If he had committed some violent brutality a long time ago maybe...but a forty year old pot conviction?  The state's attorneys office needs to get serious.

ilpatriot wrote on April 03, 2013 at 11:04 pm

It is still possible to get a FOID if the conviction is over 20 years old. Here is the link.

(430 ILCS 65/10) (from Ch. 38, par. 83-10)

(1) the applicant has not been convicted of a    
forcible felony under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction within 20 years of the applicant's application for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card, or at least 20 years have passed since the end of any period of imprisonment imposed in relation to that conviction;
   (2) the circumstances regarding a criminal
conviction, where applicable, the applicant's criminal history and his reputation are such that the applicant will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety;
    (3) granting relief would not be contrary to the    
public interest; and
        (4) granting relief would not be contrary to federal law;


SaintClarence27 wrote on April 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

Note that according to other sections, one can't make such a petition if they were convicted of a felony under the cannabis control act. Also, I'm doubting the individual petitioned the court in such a manner in this case anyway.

eastinurban wrote on April 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

How do you manufacture pot?