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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 27, 2022

Northern Nevada Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Passenger And Interfering With Flight Crew Onboard An Aircraft En Route To Las Vegas

RENO, Nev. – A Gardnerville, Nev., resident was sentenced Friday by Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du to five years of probation, six months of home confinement, and restitution in the amount of $49,079, for assault and interference with crew members during a flight from Seattle to Las Vegas.

Daniel A. Parkhurst (41) pleaded guilty on February 22, 2022 to one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants, and one count of simple assault in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

According to court documents, on October 31, 2019, Parkhurst touched a female passenger’s inner thigh without consent. Parkhurst started to punch the female passenger multiple times after she smacked his hand away. Flight attendants and other passengers intervened to stop Parkhurst from punching the female passenger. As a result of Parkhurst’s behavior, the flight was forced to land in Reno where Parkhurst was removed from the plane and arrested.

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Police Department, and the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randolph J. St. Clair and Penelope Brady prosecuted the case.

If you think you are a victim of sexual assault aboard an aircraft, report the incident to your flight crew and to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or contact your local FBI office.

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Updated June 27, 2022