A Kentucky man who was held by passengers after claiming he had a bomb as a Delta airliner was approaching Los Angeles International Airport earlier this year has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation.
Lawrence Johnson, 45, pleaded no contest April 29th to falsely reporting he had a bomb and damaging an aircraft, county district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano ordered Johnson to spend 120 days in county jail and another 240 days in a locked-down facility as part of his three years of supervised probation, deputy district attorney Cynthia Inda said. The judge also ordered that the defendant cannot be an airline passenger during his probation. A progress report was ordered for June 24th.
After Johnson claimed to have a bomb on Delta Flight 110 bound for LAX on January 7th, several passengers jumped on him and held him down until the plane landed and authorities arrived. No bomb was found.
Johnson was arrested by airport police and was charged with two felony counts, malicious informing of a false bomb and damaging an aircraft, as well as a misdemeanor battery count, Gibbons said. Johnson pleaded no contest to the two felony counts and the misdemeanor was dismissed after he was sentenced, she said.