Weapon plea brings nine-year prison sentence

Weapon plea brings nine-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Lodge man who admitted having a stun gun in his car outside a Champaign apartment complex in January has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Matthew C. Bushman, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, admitting that there was a stun gun inside his car on Jan. 13.

Police found it after being called to the 3700 block of Harbor Estates Lane by residents who saw a car with two men in it acting suspiciously.

When Champaign police arrived, they found the car but no occupants. Inside the car they could see an assault rifle, loaded magazines and two knives.

The stun gun was in the center console along with .38-caliber ammunition, another knife and a bag containing drug paraphernalia.

The car registered to the Bushman family.

Arrested not far from the car were Matthew Bushman and his brother Adam Bushman, 24, also of Lodge.

In exchange for Matthew Bushman's plea, another charge of being an armed habitual criminal was dismissed. Court records show he has prior convictions for burglary and residential burglary.

Adam Bushman's case is tentatively set for March 31 before Ladd. He faces charges of unlawful use of weapons by a felon only.

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