Man who landed gyrocopter at the US Capitol rejects deal

Douglas Hughes attended a status hearing Monday in federal court in Washington.

Douglas Hughes attended a status hearing Monday in federal court in Washington. File photo

WASHINGTON, DC (WFLA) -A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol says he’s rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison.

Douglas Hughes attended a status hearing Monday in federal court in Washington. He said in a telephone interview before the hearing that he had rejected an offer that included significant jail time because it didn’t seem just for an act of civil disobedience in which no one got hurt. Hughes has said his April 15 flight in the bare-bones aircraft was intended to call attention to the influence of big money in politics.

Hughes says it’s now more likely that his case will go to trial. Another hearing is set for July 22.

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s