Champaign man accused of having gun, ammunition, drugs in car


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URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly possessed a weapon, ammunition and drugs has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

Kewon Bonner, 23, of the 4800 block of West Windsor Road was also charged Tuesday with unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from his arrest Monday night by Champaign police.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said police saw Bonner driving in west Champaign without a front license plate and stopped him around 7:40 p.m. near the intersection of John Street and Duncan Road.

The officer discovered that Bonner's driver's license was suspended and that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

A search of Bonner turned up a magazine for a handgun that contained bullets. In the door pocket of his car, police found a 9 mm handgun, Clifton said. In the trunk, police found a bottle of Oxycodone, a narcotic pain reliever.

Bonner is on probation for a 2017 Champaign County conviction for aggravated unlawful use of weapons, Clifton said.

He also had another conviction out of Cook County for the same offense and a prior conviction for driving under suspension.

Because of those convictions, Bonner is not allowed to possess a weapon or ammunition.

If convicted of being an armed habitual criminal, he faces between six and 30 years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy set Bonner's bond at $50,000 and told him to be back in court Sept. 25 for a probable cause hearing.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).