Man gets 2 years for brawl on Delta flight
SEATTLE -- A two-year sentence was handed down Tuesday to a Florida man who pleaded guilty to four federal felonies after being charged in July for forcing a Delta Airlines flight headed to Beijing to return to Sea-Tac after assaulting crew and passengers.
On July 16, 24-year-old Joseph Daniel Hudek IV reportedly tried to raise the lever of the exit door of the airplane while it was flying over the Pacific Ocean near Vancouver Island, the release states.
After two flight attendants attempted to stop him, Hudek threw one of the flight attendants to the ground and punched another one, the release states. He also hit a passenger, who was trying to help the flight attendants, over the head with a wine bottle.
Several passengers were able to restrain Hudek as the plane returned to land in Seattle. He was then arrested after the plane landed.
Court documents say Hudek had taken marijuana edibles before the flight.
He pleaded guilty in February to one count of interfering with a member of a flight crew and three counts of assault on an aircraft with a potential deadly weapon..
On Tuesday, he apologized to the court.