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He Went to Extremes to Make Flight, Will Go to Prison for It

Dana Carter sentenced to 4 months
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2018 7:31 AM CDT
United Airlines planes are seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – He didn't want to miss his flight, and so he tried to delay the plane—by phoning in a bomb threat. It ended up costing Dana Carter much more than a few hours stuck waiting for the next flight. The 40-year-old Dayton, Ohio, man was on Thursday sentenced to four months in prison, with the sentence to be served over 60 consecutive weekends. He'll also have to pay $7,748 in restitution. The Lexington Herald-Leader has the play-by-play from Oct. 22, 2016, when Carter was scheduled to fly to Dallas from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport.

The United flight was to depart at 3:19pm; about 45 minutes prior to that came the first calls from Carter's cell regarding a suspicious man at the airport. Around 3pm came the call that there was a bomb on the flight. Cell records placed Carter about 20 minutes away from the airport at the time. The flight was ultimately canceled, and Carter owned up to making the calls, in what his own attorney called a "foolish act." The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Carter will be on probation for three years after serving his sentence. (Read about more weird crimes here.)

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