BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Stan Johnson, 23, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to time served (approximately 6 months in prison) for trespassing at Albany International Airport on the 24th May 2021.
The announcement was made by US attorney Carla B. Freedman; Janeen DiGuiseppi, special agent in charge of the Albany field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple Sr.
As part of his guilty plea, Johnson admitted that at Albany airport on May 24, 2021, he broke through the perimeter fence, walked through the airfield and into an unoccupied plane, where he got off. sitting in the cockpit. He then left the plane and entered the terminal through an access door which he held open; he then circled the terminal hiding from security. He failed to submit to security screening of his person or property before breaking into airport property and entering the aircraft.
Following Johnson’s plea, U.S. Senior District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy sentenced Johnson to time served (approximately 6 months in prison) and 1 year supervised release.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Federal Air Marshal Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping.