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Non-pilot pleads guilty to stealing plane

November 25, 2013
Associated Press

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Minnesota man who doesn't have a pilot's license but apparently taught himself to fly has pleaded guilty to stealing a plane that he allegedly used for joyriding.

Geoffrey Biteman appeared Monday in Roseau County District Court.

Assistant County Attorney Michael Grover says Biteman pleaded guilty to a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of an aircraft. He says the plea agreement includes 60 days in jail, 60 days of home monitoring, probation and just over $1,000 in fines and fees.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

The Thief River Falls teen is accused of flying a Cessna 150 from Roseau to several cities in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota. It belongs to an Air Force major who's deployed in Afghanistan.



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