Pilot in gyrocopter flight to Capitol to plead guilty

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 6, 2015 2:05 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

(Washington) -- A lawyer for the man who flew a gyrocopter from Gettysburg through highly restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol says his client will plead guilty to a felony in the case. 

Attorney Mark Goldstone says Douglas Hughes is expected to plead guilty to operating a gyrocopter without a license on Nov. 20 in federal court in Washington.

He adds Hughes faces three years in prison and that the government and Hughes' lawyers agreed sentencing guidelines don't apply. 

Hughes was arrested April 15 after flying from Gettysburg regional airport to Washington in what he called an act of civil disobedience over big money's influence on politics. 

William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, said via email his office would not comment.  

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