A California man accused of being overly
affectionate with his girlfriend on a Raleigh-bound flight has been
convicted of interfering with flight attendants and crew members.
An assistant U-S Attorney says Carl William Persing will likely
serve jail time for the federal felony conviction that followed a
three-day trial in Wilmington.
Persing faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for
August sixth. Defense attorney Deb Newton says her client will
A criminal complaint says Persing and his girlfriend were seen,
quote, "embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that made other
passengers uncomfortable" during the flight. Prosecutors say
Persing twice threatened a flight attendant who told the couple to
stop and refused to serve them alcohol.
Persing and Dawn Elizabeth Sewell were charged after a September
15th flight from Los Angeles to Raleigh with a stop in Phoenix.
Charges against Sewell were dropped this week.