ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Miami, Florida, man pleaded responsible in the present day to interfering with a flight crew and assaulting a flight attendant whereas onboard a United Airways flight from Miami to Washington, D.C.
In accordance with courtroom paperwork, on October 4, 2022, Cherruy Loghan Sevilla, 24, was onboard United Airways Flight 2116 flying from Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA) to Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport (IAD). About an hour into the flight, Sevilla started to exhibit disruptive and erratic habits, together with wandering across the aircraft, operating up and down the aisle, clapping loudly close to the cockpit, and yelling obscenities. Sevilla refused to stay seated and laid on the ground within the aisle of the aircraft, stopping a flight attendant from strolling up the aisle to her leap seat to organize for touchdown. All of a sudden, the defendant jumped up and lunged at this flight attendant, grabbing and twisting her proper breast. A passenger, one other flight attendant, and an onboard regulation enforcement officer tried to drag the defendant off and subdue him. The defendant resisted and, within the battle, twisted the arm of the second flight attendant.
Sevilla faces a most penalty of 20 years in jail when sentenced on April 21. Precise sentences for federal crimes are sometimes lower than the utmost penalties. A federal district courtroom decide will decide any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Tips and different statutory elements.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Lawyer for the Jap District of Virginia, and Michael H. Glasheen, Particular Agent in Cost of the FBI Washington Discipline Workplace Counterterrorism Division, made the announcement after U.S. District Choose Claude M. Hilton accepted the defendant’s responsible plea.
Particular Assistant U.S. Lawyer Stefanie Schwartz and Assistant U.S. Lawyer Laura Withers are prosecuting the case.
A duplicate of this press launch is situated on the web site of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Jap District of Virginia. Associated courtroom paperwork and knowledge are situated on the web site of the District Court for the Jap District of Virginia or on PACER by looking for Case No. 1:22-cr-218.