California man pleads guilty to interfering with flight crew

The Associated Press - April 9, 2022 8:10 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Los Angeles man has pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight attendant, causing a California-based flight to be diverted to Oklahoma City.

U.S. Attorney Robert Troester says 35-year-old Ariel James Pennington pleaded guilty on Wednesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he’s formally sentenced later this year.

A message left with Pennington’s attorney, Kenny Goza, wasn’t immediately returned.

Pennington was arrested on December 9th after the Delta Airlines flight from Virginia to California was diverted to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City police said at the time that Pennington was disorderly and intoxicated.

 

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