Woman sentenced to 15 months in prison for assaulting flight attendant

“This sentence is justice for the victims. It’s not just the flight attendant’s victim, but Southwest Airlines and all passengers on board that day,” Stahl said.

SAN DIEGO — CBS 8 News reporter Ariana Cohen was inside the courtroom as Vyvianna Quinonez, the woman who pleaded guilty to assaulting a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, read a letter to the judge expressing remorse and apologizing to the victim.

The Quinonez family was also in the courtroom and they were in tears throughout the case.

A representative from Southwest made a statement and the flight attendant also made a very moving statement.

Video of the 28-year-old Sacramento resident punching a Southwestern flight attendant, pulling her hair and knocking out two teeth went viral last year.

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During the descent from the flight, Quinonez was not wearing his face mask properly, unbuckled his seat belt and had his tablet down; all in violation of federal rules and regulations.

“In a fit of rage, Quinonez violently assaulted a flight attendant, punching her in the face and head. This behavior was reprehensible and will not be tolerated,” the assistant district attorney said. United States, Jaclyn Stahl.

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On Friday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Todd Robinson sentenced Quinonez to 15 months in federal custody. She must also pay nearly $26,000 in restitution and a $7,500 fine plus three years of probation.

“She violated her bail by getting a DUI, and that was a factor in the sentencing,” Stahl said.

Judge Robinson said in court that he hoped the sentence would set a precedent and deter anyone from engaging in the behavior.

“This sentence is justice for the victims. It’s not just the flight attendant’s victim, but Southwest Airlines and all passengers on board that day,” Stahl said.

The Quinonez family declined to comment.

While on probation, Quinonez is prohibited from flying any commercial aircraft and must attend anger management classes.

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