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UPDATE: Passenger on Plane Arrested in Madison

UPDATED Friday, October 12, 2012 --- 3:45 p.m.

From the Department of Justice:

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mitchell Wilhoit, 32, of Greenville, Tenn., was sentenced today by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker to three months of unsupervised probation and a $500 fine for assaulting another person on an airplane.

He also spent four days in jail immediately following his arrest.

Wilhoit pleaded guilty to this charge on July 12, 2012.

On August 6, 2011, the defendant was a passenger on a Delta flight scheduled to fly between Minneapolis and Kansas City, but which was diverted to Madison.

While on that flight, Wilhoit refused to obey the flight attendants and was found smoking in the bathroom of the plane. As the plane was taxiing, Wilhoit got out of his seat and walked toward the back of the aircraft. Eventually, a flight attendant had to push him into a seat to get him to sit down.

The charges against Wilhoit were the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Sheriff's Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation

The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

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Posted: Saturday, August 6, 2011 --- 8:25p.m.

Information from Dane County Sheriff's Office:

A Delta flight from Minneapolis, MN headed to Knoxville, TN was diverted to Madison Saturday afternoon.

31-year-old Mitchell R. Wilnoit, of Tennessee, was reportedly disrupting the flight.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says he was intoxicated and smoking on the plane.

Wilnoit was taken into custody for disorderly conduct.

The flight did continue on to Knoxville and landed shortly after 8 p.m.


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