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Bloomington man sentenced for machine gun device

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A federal judge in Peoria has sentenced a 22-year-old Bloomington man to just under three years in prison for having a "switch" that turned a Glock pistol into a fully automatic weapon.

Hospital staff in Bloomington found the conversion device after Javares Hudson went to the emergency room when he was shot outside a nightclub in January of 2022.

At a hearing, prosecutors presented evidence that staff found Hudson had a baggie in his mouth with a piece of plastic inside and, after much protest, made him spit it out. Officers went to the ER at the same time to do a gunshot residue test on Hudson and ask him questions.

Hudson could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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