Man sentenced to two years in weapon case

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

Adam Bushman, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, admitting that there was .38-caliber ammunition inside his car on Jan. 13.

His brother, Matthew Bushman, 30, of Lodge, pleaded guilty two weeks ago to unlawful possession of weapons by a felon for having a stun gun in the car and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said witnesses reported seeing two men in a car at an apartment complex in the 3700 block of Harbor Estates Lane, Champaign, who were acting suspiciously.

When Champaign police arrived, they found the car but no occupants. Inside the car they could see .38-caliber ammunition in the front seat.

They also found an assault rifle, loaded magazines, two knives, a stun gun, and a bag containing drug paraphernalia.

The car registered to the Bushman family.

The brothers were located near the car and both were arrested.

Clifton said Adam Bushman agreed to forfeit to Champaign police his interest in the ammunition and weapons that were in the car.

Clifton said Adam Bushman had prior convictions for domestic battery, reckless conduct, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and unlawful consumption of alcohol.

Matthew Bushman had prior convictions for burglary and residential burglary.

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