Man Sentenced for Shoving Flight Attendant

A man who pleaded guilty to shoving a pregnant flight attendant on a United Airlines plane was sentenced to six months in prison Friday.


DENVER (AP) -- A man who pleaded guilty to shoving a pregnant flight attendant on a United Airlines plane was sentenced to six months in prison Friday.

Montgomery Joe Carter, 37, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., also was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the airline.

Carter pleaded guilty in June to charges of interfering with a flight crew and assault aboard an aircraft.

Prosecutors said Carter hit his traveling companion during an argument while the two were flying from Washington to Las Vegas to celebrate their six-month relationship.

After the crew separated the two, Carter shoved one flight attendant into another, who was nearly five months pregnant, prosecutors said.

Carter also approached the front of the plane, prompting flight attendants to block the cockpit door with a beverage cart, prosecutors said.

The altercation prompted the pilot to divert the flight to Denver International Airport, where Carter was arrested.

An FBI affidavit said Carter had begun drinking before the flight because he was afraid of flying.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press

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