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'This is my plane': Man, 84, sentenced for assault on Minnesota-bound flight

Jan 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An 84-year-old man from Reno, Nevada, has been sentenced for assaulting a woman on board his private plane as they flew to Minnesota.

Robert M. Lee was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 180 days of probation, including 30 days of home confinement, along with 60 hours of community service at a Nevada humane society.

Lee also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and provide the victim $431 in restitution along with a letter of apology.

Lee pleaded guilty last July to misdemeanor assault. Court documents say Lee was traveling to a hospital in Rochester in September 2010 when he grabbed a paramedic and twisted her breast.
When the woman told Lee not to touch her, he replied, "I can do whatever I want. This is my airplane."

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