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Man to be sentenced for hitting flight attendant

Man, 65, to be sentenced for hitting flight attendant during flight from Tokyo to Honolulu By The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) ' A 65-year-old Japanese man is scheduled to plead guilty to assaulting a flight attendant aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Tokyo to Honolulu.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Sohei Yamanouchi hit the flight attendant once with an open hand and once with a closed fist after drinking four glasses of wine. Yamanouchi allegedly shook his fist at her and told her in English to "shut up."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Song says Yamanouchi was traveling to Hawaii to attend his son's wedding. FBI agents arrested Yamanouchi when the flight landed Monday at Honolulu International Airport. He was released on $10,000 bond and attended the wedding.

He faces a maximum of six months prison and a $10,000 fine at the sentencing set for Friday.

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