Court date for gyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol

Written by The Associated Press | May 21, 2015 3:33 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

(Washington) -- A Florida man who piloted a gyrocopter from Gettysburg through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol is due back in court. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia says a grand jury has indicted Douglas Hughes on six charges.

He now faces charges that carry up to 9.5 years in priso and is scheduled to appear today in federal court in Washington. 

Hughes, who took off from Gettysburg, was arrested April 15 after he landed on the Capitol's West Lawn in his bare-bones aircraft.

He has said he wanted to call attention to the influence of big money in politics. 

The stunt also led to a congressional hearing and exposed a gap in ensuring the safety of buildings in the city.  

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