Steven Slater, the “fed-up” JetBlue flight attendant who made headlines by fleeing his aircraft by the emergency exit slide, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief today in a New York City court. The Associated Press writes “Slater pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal mischief, a felony, before mental health court Judge Patricia Hirsch. He also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.”
As part of a plea deal, Slater will undergo at least a year of counseling and substance-abuse treatment. AP says that “if he completes the program to the judge’s satisfaction, the top charge will be dismissed and only the misdemeanor will remain. If he does not complete it, he will get one to three years in jail.”
Slater also must pay JetBlue $10,000 to help reimburse the airline for damages related to the deployment of his flight’s emergency slide, according to MSNBC.