Ruskin Gyrocopter Pilot To Plead Guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for the man who flew a gyrocopter 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 said via email late Thursday that Douglas Hughes is expected to plead guilty to operating a gyrocopter without a license on Nov. 20 in federal court in Washington.

Goldstone added 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, Pennsylvania, 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.