SC pork executive sentenced in DC gun case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive accused of trying to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag has pleaded guilty in the case.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office says 59-year-old Ronald Prestage of Camden, South Carolina, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the District of Columbia’s Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and having unregistered ammunition. A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail, but suspended the jail time on the condition that he successfully complete six months of unsupervised probation.

Prestage, an executive of North Carolina-based Prestage Farms and president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, was arrested in July after trying to enter the Cannon Building. A telephone message left for his attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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