N.C. Man Convicted of Punching Ambassador of Gabon

Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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N.C. Man Convicted of Punching Ambassador of Gabon

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A North Carolina man was convicted of punching the ambassador of Gabon at a demonstration at that country's embassy in Washington, federal prosecutors said.

Leon Obame, 45, of Raleigh was convicted Thursday of assault on a foreign official.

He faces a maximum of three years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

The assault occurred Dec. 9 at the embassy's temporary location on Connecticut Avenue NW, prosecutors said. Obame’s punch knocked the ambassador to the ground, authorities said.

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