FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - July 20, 2011
INMATE SENTENCED FOR CHARGES INVOLVING THE ATTACK ON A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that yesterday in federal court in the Middle District of North Carolina, CHRISTOPHER O’NEAL PATTERSON, 25,was sentenced by United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard to 46 months’ imprisonment.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 30, 2010. On March 11, 2011, PATTERSON pled guilty to assault of a federal officer/employee, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111
On August 31, 2009, PATTERSON was charged in a 14-count Superseding Indictment in the Middle District of North Carolina with armed bank robberies and firearms-related offenses. Pursuant to a plea agreement, PATTERSON pled guilty. On October 14, 2010, a sentencing hearing was held at the Hiram H. Ward Federal Building, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As the sentencing hearing adjourned, in which PATTERSON received 744 months’ imprisonment for the offenses, PATTERSON, in full restraints due to security concerns, stood and walked towards the inmate exit. As he passed the prosecution table, he lunged towards the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) who had been prosecuting the case, striking the AUSA with his body and spitting in the AUSA’s face. PATTERSON was quickly tackled to the ground and subdued by Marshals and other law enforcement officers.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina was recused from the case and Assistant United States Attorney Toby Lathan from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina represented the government.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.
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