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3-month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault

July 29, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a flight attendant while flying to Hawaii for his honeymoon received a three-month sentence Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Kenji Okamoto has already served more than two months and is expected to be released in a few weeks.

Okamoto previously pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight attendant’s duties.

Court documents say Okamoto was flying first-class from Osaka for his honeymoon. The documents say he was intoxicated and got upset when a flight attendant wouldn’t take his tray away. Okamoto tried to punch a flight attendant who intervened, and the flight attendant received bruises on his arm from blocking the punch.

Okamoto later apologized while crying. He also apologized in court.

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