Abunayyan Pleads Guilty

By Jim McCoy Tue 8th May NewsYazeed Abunayyan

A 21-year-old Saudi Arabian has pleaded guilty to charges he eluded police and rammed two Ashland police cars.
     The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that the defense attorney for Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan told the court his client's bizarre behavior in February was caused by a change in medication for mental illness.
     Abunayyan came to the U.S. to study English and was in Ashland
visiting a cousin, who has said Abunayyan suffers from
schizophrenia.
     Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack sentenced Abunayyan to
time served, a $1,000 fine and 18 months of probation.
     Abunayyan pleaded guilty last month to a federal charge of
interfering with a flight crew for a disturbance that caused a
flight from Portland to Houston to turn back so he could be taken
off the plane.

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