A woman who repeatedly punched a flight attendant on a plane bound for San Diego was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in federal custody.
Vivianna Quinonez29, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty last year in a federal class for intervention by flight crew members and strike attendants Southwest Airlines flight attendant on a flight on May 23, 2021 from Sacramento to San Diego.
The victim suffered injuries that included three chipped teeth – two of which were severely damaged and replaced with crowns – a bruised left eye, a cut under the eye that required stitches and bruises on her arm, according to court documents.
Along with custody, Quinonez was ordered to take anger management classes or counseling services and was banned from flying commercial aircraft during a three-year supervised release period.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that when landing the plane in San Diego International AirportThe flight attendant, who was identified only as SL in court documents, asked Quinonez to put on her face mask properly, fasten her seat belt and put her table on the table.
In her agreement, Quinonez admitted to pushing the flight attendant, punching SL in the face and head and grabbing her by the hair, forcing other passengers to intervene. Arrested by San Diego Port Police at the airport.
One of the other passengers told police that Quinonez claimed to have acted in self-defense, according to the prosecution’s conviction note.
At the hearing of Quinonez’s sentence, SL made a statement to the court, in which she said that on the day of the flight, “I did not know that I would go into a situation beyond my control just because I did my job.”
Quinonez was initially released on bail after pleading guilty, but was arrested nine days later for allegedly driving under the influence and remanded in custody.
Almost four months have passed since then behind bars and in a statement made at the hearing, Quinonez said she was “sorry” for what had happened and “I hope and pray that (SL) will forgive me.”
Quinonez said she lost many important family responsibilities because of her imprisonment, which led her to realize how things could have been different, “If I had not made that mistake that day, if I had not acted out of anger.”
In a letter to the court, Southwest Vice President of Inflight Operations wrote that the incident “has negatively affected our team beyond any description; causing fear of permanent entry into the workplace.” The letter also said, “Southwest hopes that the final sentence imposed on this matter will serve as a deterrent to others who may consider engaging in similar dangerous behavior on our aircraft.”
The City News Service contributed to this article.
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