A South Carolina pork executive accused of trying to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun has pleaded guilty in the case.
The Associated Press reports 59-year-old Ronald Prestage of Camden pleaded guilty Tuesday in the District of Columbia’s Superior Court to charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition. Prestage was arrested in July as he passed through the checkpoint of a House of Representatives office building. Concealed weapons are not allowed in federal office buildings. Prestage, who works with North Carolina-based Prestage Farms, was the president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council at the time.
A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail, but suspended the sentence on the condition that Prestage successfully complete six months of unsupervised probation.
Neither Prestage nor his attorneys have commented on the case since the July arrest.
He also serves on the North Carolina State University board of trustees.