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Bronx Man Sentenced for Trespassing at Albany International Airport

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Stan Johnson, age 23, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty today and was sentenced to time served (approximately 6 months in jail) for trespassing at the Albany International Airport on May 24, 2021.

The announcement was made by United States 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 the Albany airport on May 24, 2021, he breached the perimeter fence, crossed the airfield, and entered an unoccupied aircraft, where he sat in the cockpit.  He then exited the airplane and entered the airport terminal through a gate access door, which he propped open; he then walked around the terminal hiding from security. He did not submit to security screening of his person or property before trespassing on airport property and entering the airplane.

Following Johnson’s plea, Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy sentenced Johnson to time served (approximately 6 months in jail) and 1 year of 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.

Updated March 30, 2022

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