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Kona man who faked airplane threat asked to pay for jet fuel

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014

Prosecutors say a Hawaii man who faces sentencing for a hoax airplane threat should pay for the fuel used by Oregon National Guard fighter jets that escorted the flight.

Timothy David Hershman of Kona is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Honolulu. A judge is expected to rule on the prosecution's request that he reimburse the government about $72,000 for fuel and other expenses.

He pleaded guilty to calling the FBI last year saying another man was going to hijack an Alaska Airlines flight.

Authorities determined the other man was aboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona to Seattle. Two Oregon National Guard fighter jets escorted the flight.

Authorities decided the call was a hoax after questioning the other man for nearly two hours.

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entrkn wrote:
no mercy
on January 23,2014 | 08:04AM
nitpikker wrote:
tv news showed the perp walking out of court w/a cane. i wonder if he really uses one or is it another hoax to garner public sympathy? nail him.
on January 23,2014 | 08:09AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Some people don't understand anything but money, and when it starts hitting them in the wallet, maybe they'll think twice. Then maybe it won't be so funny then. Stick it to him. Hard.
on January 23,2014 | 02:03PM
cojef wrote:
Wow, $72,000 a good sum for many homeless in Waikiki. Make the bas_ard pay.
on January 23,2014 | 02:26PM
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