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Man gets 2 years in brawl on flight using wine bottle

Associated Press

SEATTLE – A Florida man who wielded a wine bottle in a brawl with flight attendants and passengers as he tried to open the door of a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to China has been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Seattle Times reported 24-year-old Joseph Hudek IV was sentenced Tuesday in a Seattle federal courtroom.

In court, Hudek said he was deeply sorry for everything that happened.

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.

Federal charges say Hudek – whose mother worked for Delta – was flying first class on a “dependent pass” and became violent when flight attendants tried to stop him from opening the door over the Pacific Ocean on July 6, 2017.