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Man Pleads Guilty to In-Flight Assault

Man Pleads Guilty to In-Flight Assault

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who allegedly threw a card listing Federal Aviation Administration regulations in a flight attendant's face after she asked him to speak softly to another passenger has pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor assault charge.

Thirty-eight-year-old Troy Robert Graf of Salt Lake City faces up to six months in jail when he is sentenced Oct. 25. But prosecutors have said they will recommend Graf serve only 15 days behind bars.

Court documents say a Northwest Airlines flight attendant aboard the June 19 flight from Minneapolis to Salt Lake City asked Graf, who was flying first class, to quiet down when he began making loud comments to a female passenger shortly before the plane landed.

Graf refused, and when handed a card listing Federal Aviation Administration regulations, he threw the material in the flight attendant's face.

After being asked repeatedly to sit down, documents state, Graf began waving his arms and struck the flight attendant. He was escorted to his seat by other passengers and was arrested when the flight landed in Salt Lake.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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