Brothers face weapons charges

URBANA — Two brothers from Piatt County were charged in Champaign County Tuesday with having an assault rifle, stun gun, and ammunition in their car in Champaign.

Adam Bushman, 24, and Matthew Bushman, 30, both of Lodge, were each charged with unlawful use of weapons by a felon while Matthew Bushman was also charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

The charges stemmed from their arrest Monday afternoon outside a northwest Champaign apartment complex.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said about 12:30 p.m. residents of the 3700 block of Harbor Estates Lane reported seeing two men sitting inside a white car watching residents and crouching down occasionally.

The residents called police, who found the car but saw no one in it. However, Ziegler said in plain view in the back seat were an assault-style rifle, loaded magazines and two knives. Looking further police found in the center console a stun gun, .38-caliber ammunition, boot knife and a bag containing drug paraphernalia.

In the front passenger seat they found nine rounds of .38-caliber ammunition and in the trunk were power tools, Ziegler said.

Police learned that the car was registered to a woman in Lodge and that it was the property of the Bushman family.

Ziegler said police officers found the brothers in separate locations not far from the car. Both had slightly different stories but admitted they were there to buy heroin.

Because of prior criminal convictions, neither is allowed to have weapons or ammunition.

Matthew Bushman was tagged with the more serious Class X armed habitual criminal charge because of prior convictions for burglary and residential burglary as an adult.

Judge John Kennedy ordered both men to be back in court Feb. 18. He set bond for Matthew Bushman at $100,000 and bond for Adam Bushman at $50,000.

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