Calif. man guilty of stalking ex in plane

CONCORD, Calif., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A California man has pleaded guilty to stalking charges for repeatedly flying his private plane at low altitudes over the home of his ex-girlfriend.

Tom Huey, 52, of Concord pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of stalking on the second day of his trial in Contra Costa County Superior Court, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.


Judge Jill Fannin imposed a 10-year restraining order to protect the woman and sentenced Huey to three years' probation and one year of anger-management sessions.

Huey spent nearly a year in jail after he was arrested Sept. 23, 2009, at Concord's Buchanan Field Airport.

Witnesses that day said a small blue-and-green 1957 Beech plane made eight passes over the neighborhood. They also found fliers throughout the neighborhood referring to the ex-girlfriend that included a racial epithet.

"I am disappointed that I did not get to finish presenting my case, but I am glad that he took responsibility for his conduct," Deputy District Attorney Jason Peck said Thursday. "His actions instilled fear and harassed not only the victim, but that entire neighborhood."

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