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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Central District of Illinois
Gregory K. Harris, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 12, 2023

Bloomington Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Full-Auto Glock “Switch”

PEORIA, Ill. – A Bloomington, Illinois, man, Javares Hudson, 22, of the 600 block of West Monroe Street, has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for possessing a Glock “Switch”, an aftermarket attachment designed to convert Glock handguns into fully automatic machine guns. U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid also sentenced Hudson to a three-year term of supervised release to be served after his release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

Evidence presented during a court hearing showed that on January 23, 2022, Hudson went to the hospital for treatment following a gunshot wound he sustained outside a nightclub. Police officers arrived at the hospital at the same time as Hudson, seeking information from him and to perform a gunshot residue test. Before a responding officer obtained all of the information he sought, hospital staff began treating Hudson and discovered that he had something plastic in his mouth. After much protest, Hudson eventually spit out a small baggie containing an item that qualifies as a “machine gun” under federal law, also known as a “Glock Conversion Device.”

Hudson was arrested in McLean County in January 2022 and remained in state custody until a criminal complaint was filed in federal court. A federal grand jury subsequently returned an indictment against him in February 2022. He entered a guilty plea in September 2022. Hudson has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his federal indictment.

The statutory penalties for possession of a machinegun are up to 10 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release. A fine of up to $250,000 is also possible.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Bloomington Police Department; and the Peoria Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna represented the government in the prosecution.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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