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.