Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue pilot who had a complete psychotic meltdown during a flight from New York to Las Vegas last month, has had his first court hearing.
The man was transported in handcuffs from the hospital to an Amarillo, Texas courtroom on Monday morning. Sources report that he's been placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshal at the Randall County Jail where he'll be waiting until a detention hearing on Thursday morning.
He's facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of interfering with a flight crew, but his family maintains "he was not intentionally violent toward anyone."
His wife, Connye, apologized in a statement on Sunday for her husband's actions and thanked the people on board for handling the situation "professionally," saying:
"It is our belief, as Clayton's family, that while he was clearly distressed, he was not intentionally violent toward anyone. We know you were placed in an awful situation and we appreciate your ability to respond professionally."
If prosecutors want a conviction, they'll have to prove he interfered with the flight and wasn't completely out of his mind. Based on the reports we read on the incident, that last part could be a challenge.
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