Wed, Nov 22, 2006
Man Gets 20 Years For April 2005 Incident
A Kansas man received the maximum sentence Tuesday for shooting
and wounding an airplane pilot in April 2005. The US Attorneys
Office says Michael Michaud was sentenced to 20 years in
Already on the run from police in Kansas on April 29, 2005 after
a traffic stop, Michaud later took a shot at the Cessna 150 that
located him. The bullet struck pilot Mike Spicer in the forehead,
just above his right eye.
"The bullet shattered the window of the cockpit, sending shards
of Plexiglas into the pilot's face. The bullet also struck the
pilot above his left eye, leaving a six-inch gash across his
forehead," US Attorney Eric Melgren said in a written statement to
The Associated Press. "It was a remarkable feat that the pilot was
able to save himself and his spotter by landing the plane safely
despite his injuries."
Spicer was able to safely land the plane with the help of
passenger Arnie Knoettgen, who radioed that Spicer had been hit.
Michaud was arrested the next day.
As Aero-News reported in
August, Michaud, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of
endangering the safety of an aircraft through an act of violence,
and one count of discharging a firearm with hostile intent.
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