ATLANTA - Joe Rickey Hundley, an Idaho man who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying toddler on a flight, is due in federal court for sentencing.
Hundley pleaded guilty in October after reaching a plea
agreement with federal prosecutors. His sentencing is set for Monday
Prosecutors say Hundley used a racial slur to refer to
the 19-month-old boy, who's black, and then hit him under the right eye
as the flight from Minneapolis began its descent to the Atlanta airport
last February. At the beginning of the flight, Hundley had asked about the airline's policy regarding "lap
children," prosecutors said.
The misdemeanor simple assault charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to $100,000. Prosecutors have recommended six months in prison, but Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence.
The judge isn't required to follow the recommendations in the plea agreement.
Hundley had been the president of an aerospace company in Hayden, Idaho, but lost
his job following media coverage of the incident, Crimesider previously reported.