Weapon plea brings prison sentence, boot camp recommendation

Weapon plea brings prison sentence, boot camp recommendation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he had a gun stolen from a Champaign store has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

However, Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis agreed to recommend Davion Hedrick, 25, of the 1700 block of West John Street, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program, which would be of much shorter duration if he's accepted.

Hedrick pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful possession of weapon by a felon, admitting that on Jan. 5 he had a loaded Glock revolver in a car that his co-defendant, Brandon Ward, 22, of the 1600 block of Lockraven Road, Champaign, was driving.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said Champaign police stopped the car just before 1 a.m. that day for running a stop sign at West John and State streets. The officers smelled burned cannabis in the car and could see Ward pushing something under the seat.

A search of the car turned up the Glock, loaded with 13 rounds, and a backpack with more ammunition in it.

Police learned that the gun was one of about two dozen handguns that had been stolen Sept. 3 from the Rural King Supply store, 913 W. Marketview Drive, C.

Because of a 2013 conviction for delivery of a controlled substance, Hedrick is not allowed to have a gun.

Carlson said he had other prior convictions for possession of cannabis and resisting a peace officer.

Ward's case is unresolved. He's due back in court Sept. 9.

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Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on August 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Whoa-------------------------------   didnt   the  City  of  Champaign  just  give  Brandon  50k  and  he  is  out  with  stolen  guns?????????????????  whoa  NO  WAY!

welive wrote on August 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

i like that he had a loaded stolen gun with more ammo in his backpack driving around at 1 am and get a boot camp recomodation.

thank you

billbtri5 wrote on August 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

there is no tolerance for a DUI, why not have a no tolerance policy for felons carrying around guns...just saying because a bit ago there were marches and meetings to seek answers to gun violence...but we're doing more of the same here...