Ruskin man who landed gyrocopter on Capitol lawn released from jail

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Douglas Hughes of Florida speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington. Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol earlier this year, will plead guilty in connection with the incident, his lawyer says on Nov. 5. Hughes is expected to plead guilty to operating a gyrocopter without a license, a felony, on Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) – A Florida man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington has been released from jail after serving three months of a four-month sentence.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 62-year-old Douglas Hughes returned to his Ruskin home Wednesday following a stay at Federal Detention Center Miami.

Hughes has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones aircraft – which began in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – was a way to call attention to the influence of big money in politics. He told the Times he spent his time in jail writing letters, listening to NPR and practicing speeches about campaign finance reform.

MORE: Man who landed gyrocopter outside U.S. Capitol has been sentenced

Hughes pleaded guilty last fall to operating a gyrocopter without a license.

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