A former shipping clerk pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to shipping himself from New York to Dallas in a wooden cargo crate.
Charles D. McKinley, 25, pleaded guilty to stowing away on a cargo jet, a misdemeanor.
The possible punishment ranges from probation to a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced Feb. 4.
McKinley declined to comment after the 20-minute hearing. His attorney Bill Glaspy said he advised McKinley to plead guilty because "he told what he did to every newspaper and television station in the country, I think."
The plea was not part of a plea bargain, said U.S. Atty. Fred Schattman.
McKinley's trial had been set for Monday. He had previously agreed to have U.S. Magistrate Charles Bleil hear the case rather than a jury or a federal district judge.