ROCKINGHAM — A convicted felon arrested at a traffic stop allegedly drove without a license, had a handgun and owed more than $2,000 in child support.

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

The driver, identified as Cleo Jerome Wall, 34, of Rockingham, allegedly told the deputy he did not have a license but provided his name and information.

The deputy reportedly learned that Wall’s license had been revoked and there was an arrest order regarding child support.

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

In addition to the child support order, Wall was charged with felony possession of a firearm 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 as of Thursday afternoon.

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

Jail records show Wall was due in court Thursday for child support and has a June 2 court date for the firearms charge.

Records from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Adult Corrections Division show Wall has been convicted of multiple felony charges in the past.

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

Wall was first convicted in 2009 of assaulting a woman, which is a misdemeanor. The following year, he was convicted of two counts of breaking and entering and one count of criminal duress.

Records show Wall was convicted again in 2012 of assaulting a woman, this time in the county of Scotland. He was also convicted of impaired driving in 2012 and 2013.

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misdemeanor assault in 2014 and his probation for break and enter, assault on a woman and one of the DWI convictions was revoked , resulting in a 13-month incarceration.

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

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

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court.


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