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Prosecutors: Bathroom break leads to gun charge, sentence

May 23, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A convicted felon has been sentenced to four years in prison after being caught with a firearm when he stopped his car for a bathroom break along a road.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a release Wednesday that Clifton Eugene Battle was sentenced on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge in February.

Prosecutors say in June 2018, a deputy saw a car stopped on a Raleigh road. Authorities say Battle had stopped his car to use the bathroom, and a deputy saw a handgun in plain view in the car.

Prosecutors say Battle was on supervised release for a previous 2008 gun-related conviction when the more recent arrest happened.

Battle’s defense attorney declined comment Wednesday.

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