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Man who flew gyrocopter to Capitol gets 4 months

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The Latest on sentencing of man who piloted gyrocopter to Washington, D.C., landing in 2015 (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington has been sentenced to 120 days in jail. Florida resident Douglas Hughes was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Washington by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Hughes has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones…

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Judge: no to march for man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol

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A man who piloted his one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington won’t be able to participate in a march ahead of his sentencing. Douglas Hughes has said his flight was a way to call attention to the influence of big money in politics. He wanted to participate in early April in a campaign finance march from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia. A judge on Wednesday…

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Florida man who flew gyrocopter onto lawn of U.S. Capitol to enter plea

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A Florida man who piloted his one-person aircraft through some of the nation’s most restricted airspace before landing on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol is expected to formally enter a guilty plea in the case. Douglas Hughes said earlier this month that he had agreed to a deal in which he would plead guilty to a felony, operating a gyrocopter without a license. He is expected to formally enter the plea during a federal court hearing Friday in Washington.…

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Lawyer: Florida man in gyrocopter flight to Capitol to plead guilty

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Douglas Hughes has said repeatedly in recent months that he objected to doing “significant hard jail time” for landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol to call attention to what he considers the influence of big money on politics. Hughes protested that no one got hurt in his “spectacular” act of civil disobedience on April 15, but prosecutors charged him with crimes that carried a potential of 9½ years in prison. On Thursday, his lawyer said in an email to…

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Gyrocopter pilot raises about $10,000 toward his defense

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A man who in April flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol has raised about $10,000 to help with his case. Douglas Hughes appeared in federal court in Washington on Thursday as part of his ongoing case. Earlier this week, a judge allowed him to add an attorney to his team to assist a public defender. The lawyer, Mark Goldstone, said Thursday that crowdfunding websites had raised $9,900 toward Hughes’ defense,…

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Man who landed gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol rejects deal

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A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea deal that would have involved several years in prison. Douglas Hughes spoke after a status hearing in federal court in Washington. He declined to give specifics of ongoing negotiations but said that if prosecutors continue to insist on “significant hard jail time,” his case will go to trial. Hughes said spending several years in…

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Gyrocopter pilot is frustrated message not getting through

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The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message isn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security. “We’ve…

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