Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Slater's Home Burglarized
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say the home of the former flight attendant charged with opening an emergency chute during a work meltdown was burglarized while he was in court.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown alleges that Steven Slater's apartment was broken into by his partner's brother.
The break-in occurred Tuesday while the former JetBlue attendant was pleading guilty to attempted criminal mischief stemming from the Aug. 9 incident at Kennedy International Airport. His partner, Ken Rochelle, was also at court.
Brown says Jonathan Rochelle was awaiting arraignment on burglary and other charges. A laptop, printer and microwave were taken.
It wasn't clear if Rochelle had an attorney. There was no answer at the address listed by authorities.
Slater will undergo at least a year of counseling and substance abuse treatment as part of Tuesday's plea. He will get no jail time and a year of probation if he completes the program to judge's satisfaction. If he does not, he will get one to three years in jail.
The incident occurred Aug. 9 aboard a JetBlue Airways Corp. flight from Pittsburgh that had just landed at Kennedy International Airport. Slater got on the loudspeaker, cursed at passengers, then slid down the plane's emergency chute with a beer.
He's resigned from JetBlue. His unusual departure made him a cult hero to some.