FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - November 13, 2008
RALEIGH MAN SENTENCED ON FIREARMS CHARGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced CLIFTON EUGENE BATTLE, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to the statutory maximum of 120 months’ imprisonment.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on August 6, 2008. At his arraignment on September 9, 2008, BATTLE pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On December 15, 2007, a Raleigh Police Officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that carried BATTLE as a passenger.
Approaching the vehicle the officer witnessed BATTLE, who was in the front passenger seat attempt to exit the vehicle. BATTLE was instructed to remain in the vehicle. As the officer finished his radio traffic, he witnessed the female driver get into the back seat. BATTLE took her place in the driver’s seat.
A search of the vehicle was requested and consent was given. During the search of the passenger compartment, an open container of beer along with an opened energy drink was discovered. In the trunk the officer found a Beretta 12-gauge shotgun, along with Winchester 12-gauge shotgun shells.
In 2002, BATTLE was convicted of aiding and abetting an armed robbery.
Mr. Holding commented: “This case is another step in our efforts to deal with armed felons. Here, a vigilant Raleigh Police Office discovered the weapon before it could be used. I applaud the efforts of law enforcement in this case.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore served as prosecutor for the government.
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