North Carolina man sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for ammunition charges

Published 5:51 am Saturday, September 25, 2021

A Henderson man was sentenced September 14 to 235 months in prison for two counts of felon in possession of ammunition, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Caleb Malik Batchelor, 23, pleaded guilty to the charges on June 10, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on October 18, 2020, Batchelor shot a female victim multiple times at the Highland Green Apartment Complex in Henderson. Batchelor and the victim had been involved in a domestic dispute, according to the release.

“The victim sustained life-threatening injuries from the shooting but survived,” stated the release. “Law enforcement recovered spent shell casings from the scene. About a month later, on November 16, 2020, Batchelor purchased additional ammunition from a gun store in Henderson. He is a convicted felon, having previous felony drug convictions, and was on probation from those convictions when he possessed the ammunition used to shoot the victim on October 18 and when he purchased additional ammunition on November 16, 2020.”

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Henderson Police Department, and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted.

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