Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

In-Flight Incident Leads to Probation.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

Passenger Pleads Guilty to Assault

A Florida man who forced an American Airlines plane to be diverted to Albuquerque after assaulting the flight crew, urinating in his pants and dropping his trousers in front of other passengers has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Kent Aaron Tingum, 40, received the sentence last week in federal court in Albuquerque after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of simple assault on an airplane in flight.

His attorney, Kimberly Richards, was out of the office Tuesday and Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

Tingum, of Pembroke Pines, Fla. …

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