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Man held in Richmond County Jail on firearm charge, child support order

ROCKINGHAM — A convicted felon pulled over in a traffic stop reportedly was driving without a license, had a handgun, and owes more than $2,000 in child support.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a patrol deputy pulled over a vehicle Wednesday for having a revoked registration.

The driver, identified as 34-year-old Cleo Jerome Wall of Rockingham, reportedly told the deputy that he didn’t have a license, but provided his name and information.

The deputy reportedly learned that Wall’s license was revoked and there was an order for his arrest regarding child support.

Wall was taken into custody and the vehicle was searched, with deputies reportedly finding a 9mm handgun.

In addition to the child support order, Wall was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and issued citations for driving with a revoked license and other registration violations, according to the sheriff’s office. Online court records had not been updated Thursday afternoon.

Wall was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $25,000 secured bond on the criminal charge and is being held on a $2,180.21 cash bond for the child support order.

Jail records show Wall was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for child support and has a June 2 court date on the firearm charge.


Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Wall has been convicted of several felony charges in the past.

His most recent was for credit card theft in October of 2020, when he was given a suspended sentence.

Wall was first convicted in 2009 of assault on a female, which is a misdemeanor. The following year, he was convicted on two counts of felony breaking and entering and a count of felonious restraint.

Records show Wall was convicted again in 2012 of assault on a female, this time in Scotland County. He was also convicted of driving while impaired in both 2012 and 2013.

Wall was convicted in Anson County of assault with a deadly weapon and habitual misdemeanor assault in 2014 and his probation on the breaking and entering, assault on a female and one of the DWI convictions was revoked, resulting in a 13-month incarceration.

He was released at the end of April 2015, but back in prison on a post-release revocation in November and convicted in December of aggravated DWI.

Wall was released in August of 2016, but convicted in Moore County of driving with a revoked license in July 2017. Two years later, Wall was convicted of simple assault, injury to personal property and driving with a revoked license.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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