The Latest: Man gets 6 months for impersonating general

The Latest: Man gets 6 months for impersonating general

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 31, 2018 at 9:29 a.m.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on sentencing of a man who impersonated an Army general and landed a chartered helicopter at a technology company (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

A judge had stern words as he sentenced a man to six months in prison for impersonating an Army general while landing a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina corporate headquarters.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle also imposed a year of supervised release for Christian Desgroux on a charge of impersonating a military officer. Desgroux, who pleaded guilty in June, will be credited for more than five months in jail since he was arrested last year.

Federal agents say Desgroux landed the helicopter last November at the corporate campus of SAS Institute, saying he was on a mission authorized by the president. Authorities say the false story was meant to impress a woman who worked there.

Boyle sharply questioned Desgroux about why he wore a general's uniform despite never serving in the U.S. military.

The judge said: "So it was like Halloween every day of the week?"

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8:15 a.m.

A man will soon learn his sentence for pretending to be an Army general last year when he landed a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina technology company.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled Tuesday morning for Christian Desgroux on a charge of impersonating a military officer. He pleaded guilty in June to the charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years. His lawyer has argued the sentence should be no more than six months.

Federal agents say Desgroux landed the helicopter last November at the corporate campus of SAS Institute, saying he was on a mission authorized by the president. Authorities say the false story was meant to impress a woman who worked there.

Despite wearing a general's uniform during the episode, Desgroux never served in the U.S. military.

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