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Thursday, July 24, 2014

N.C. State Trustee arrested in D.C. on gun charge

Posted by on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Ronald Prestage, a veterinarian and president of Clinton-based Prestage Farms, was arrested in Washington D.C. yesterday for bringing a loaded 9 mm handgun into the U.S. Capitol Building.

Prestage is an alumnus of N.C. State University and was elected to its Board of Trustees in July, 2013. He lives in Camden, South Carolina.

According to the South Carolina newspaper The StatePrestage, was believed to be on his way to a Congressional meeting when a security officer found the weapon in his bag during a routine search. Prestage was charged with carrying a weapon outside a home or office, a felony in Washington.

Prestage is one of two hog-industry titans on N.C. State’s Board of Trustees. Prestage Farms has come under fire recently for animal welfare violations.  

The year before Prestage was elected to the Board, the Prestage family endowed a $10 million gift to the University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The “transformational gift” renamed the Department of Poultry Science to the Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science.

Prestage is also president-elect of the National Pork Producers’ Council, a bacon lobbying group.

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