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Man who flew gyrocopter onto lawn of Capitol enters plea

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who piloted his one-person aircraft through some of the nation's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol has entered a guilty plea in the case.

Douglas Hughes' plea Friday in federal court in Washington had been expected. Hughes said earlier this month that he had agreed to a deal in which he would plead guilty to a felony, operating a gyrocopter without a license.

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Hughes had faced charges carrying a potential 9.5 years in prison.

Hughes' attorney Mark Goldstone has said he will ask for probation and that prosecutors have agreed not to ask for more than 10 months in prison.

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Hughes has said his April 15 stunt was a way to call attention to what he called the influence of big money in politics.

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