Time served, $44K restitution for airplane yoga arrest

Time served, $44K restitution for airplane yoga arrest
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Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Korean tourist who was arrested after he became violent when he wasn't allowed to do yoga on a plane leaving Hawaii won't get additional jail time. But he must pay United Airlines more than $44,000.

A federal judge in Honolulu on Thursday sentenced Hyongtae Pae to time served, which was about 13 days. He'll be under court supervision for three years, which is the amount of time he has to pay the restitution.

He pleaded guilty in April to interfering with a flight crew and was allowed to return home to South Korea, even though prosecutors warned he might not return for his sentencing.

Pae declined to speak in court. Defense attorney J.T. Kim says his client is sorry and that it was an isolated incident.

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