A 23-year-old man who apparently sexually and physically attacked flight attendants throughout a Frontier Airlines flight in 2021 has been sentenced to jail by a federal judge. Maxwell Berry, of Norwalk, Ohio, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault in February.
At the time, Berry’s legal representatives asked the judge for no prison time, stating, “Max Berry is a good man who committed a bad act, that was not planned, it was committed in an unsophisticated manner, and it is an aberration.”
Berry, 23, was sentenced to 60 days in prison and one year of monitored release by U.S. District Judge Robert Scola Jr. in a federal court in Miami, Florida. Berry was likewise bought by the court to pay a $2,500 fine and more than $1,500 in restitution.
Berry’s attorney– Jason Kreiss– declared that the occurrence was not a good representation of his client.
“He’s a really good kid from a great family, who was punished for his worst day,” Kreiss told NBC News in a statement. “Although we don’t believe 60 days was necessary based on Max’s significant self-reform and other mitigating factors, we respect the judgment of the court.”
The judge ruled that Berry needs to report to federal jail by Aug. 1– nearly precisely one year from his stunning assaults during a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami.
Berry took in two alcoholic drinks throughout the flight and purchased a third , according to authorities.
It was previously reported that Berry brushed an empty cup against the behind of a female flight attendant. The lady supposedly advised the rowdy traveler not to touch her.
Berry then spilled a beverage on his t-shirt and went to the bathroom to tidy up, according to the police report. He emerged from the airliner restroom shirtless, which triggered a flight attendant to assist him in obtaining a new t-shirt from his carry-on bag.
He then reportedly walked around the commercial airplane mid-flight for 15 minutes.
“During his time roaming the plane, he reportedly groped another female flight attendant’s breasts, the police report noted. He later went behind the two female airline employees ‘and put his arms around both of them and groped their breasts again.'”
A male flight attendant stepped in, however, Berry punched him in the face, according to the police report. Travelers assisted the flight team in restraining Berry, and after that bound him to a seat by utilizing a seat belt extender and tape. Berry was taped to the airline company seat for the rest of the flight. He was arrested at Miami International Airport following the event.
Berry’s now-infamous assaults were exposed in a viral video that has more than 13 million views.
Jordan Galarza– the flight attendant who was apparently punched by Berry– told WPLG ,
“My number role on any aircraft is to protect the passengers, including Maxwell Berry, who we did get to Miami safely that day.”
Galarza rigorously defended the decision to restrain Berry by taping him to the seat, “You can say it looked a bit barbaric, but it worked perfectly and no one got hurt because of how we did what we did.”
Galarza stated Berry’s 60-day jail sentence isn’t enough of a penalty.
“He made an enemy of everyone on that flight. The people on that aircraft saw justice happen – more than what we saw today,” Galarza said after Berry was sentenced.
H/T The Blaze