(ATLANTA) — Joe Rickey Hundley, who infamously slapped a year-and-half-old child on a plane last year, is going to jail for eight months.
In an Atlanta court Monday, prosecutors had asked for a maximum of six months but U.S. Magistrate Alan Baverman added two more months based on a prior DUI and assault conviction against Hundley, 61.
According to an FBI court affidavit, Hundley, on a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta last February, was sitting next to Jessica Bennett and her 19-month-old son, who began crying because of “pressure in his ears” as the plane started to descend.
Bennett, who was seated alongside Hundley, told FBI agents she tried to get her son to stop crying when Hundley “told her to shut that [‘N word’] baby up.” Bennett said, “He was so drunk that he fell onto my face, and his mouth moved over to my ear and he said it, just directly into my ear.” The 33-year-old mother alleged Hundley then slapped her son in the face.
An attorney for Hundley said her client was under extreme stress at the time. He was going to Atlanta to take his only child off life support and hadn’t slept in 24 hours. His son died two days after the plane incident.
About a week later, Hundley, a former executive, was also fired by AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group with CEO Al Hasse calling his behavior “offensive and disturbing.”
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