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.