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Mailman who landed gyrocopter at Capitol sent back to Florida, barred from D.C.
Mailman who landed gyrocopter at Capitol sent back to Florida, barred from D.C.

The Florida mail carrier accused of landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol was charged in federal court Thursday and has been barred from returning to the District of Columbia or flying any aircraft, officials said. Douglas Hughes, 61, was charged with violating aircraft registration requirements, a felony, and violating national defense airspace, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison for the felony and one year in prison for the airspace violation. He was released on his own recognizance Thursday and will be placed on home detention in Florida, prosecutors said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson also barred Hughes from the...

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