Passenger's Mother Says He Needs Help Not Prison

An unruly passenger who attempted to open the door of an airliner in flight enters a not guilty plea. His mother says the 23 year old never intended any harm.

Kim Schaefer of Chicago says, " He definitely is not a person who would maliciously harm other people."

The mother of Joshua Suggs says her son had taken the Chicago to Sacramento flight for many years but panic built up inside him the night he tried to open the planes door. Schaefer says, " I actually was concerned of josh's fear of thunder and lightning and storms and the storm pattern he was flying over."

Suggs pleads not guilty but his attorney blames an emotional perfect storm. James Martin Davis says, "The bad weather and his concern about the missing Malaysian airliner."

Davis says his client is on suicide watch so in an unusual order for a federal prisoner his mother is granted a visit Kim Schaefer says< " I really truly hope that Joshua is able to get the help that he needs to get beyond the paranoid feelings he has that people are going to hurt him."

Schaefer says her son had been returning to a California trade school but expressed loneliness living there. She says the criminal population of a federal prison is not the answer for what he did on an airliner in flight.

Davis expects his client to spent up to 45 days in a secure federal prison medical facility once the evaluation order from the Judge comes through.


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