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Ex-JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Expected To Plead Guilty Tuesday


Oct. 19 2010, Published 9:30 a.m. ET

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UPDATE: Slater has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony attempted criminal mischief. In exchange, he will not go to prison, but must enter a year-long mental health program and also receive substance and alcohol abuse counseling.

Steven Slater - the former JetBlue flight attendant whose meltdown made him an instant celebrity - is expected to enter a guilty plea in a Queens, New York courtroom on Tuesday, can report.

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In exchange for the plea, Slater - who's charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing - will likely avoid any jail time.

Slater was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and therefore is eligible for an alternative sentencing program, such as treatment or community service, or both.

As has previously reported, Slater made international news on August 9 when he got on the plane's loudspeaker, cursed at passengers, then slid down the plane's emergency chute with a beer.

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The Pittsburgh-to-New York flight had just landed at Kennedy International Airport when Slater allegedly got into an altercation with a rude passenger and flipped out.

His 'take this job and shove it' response made him a instant cult hero to disgruntled workers everywhere. To date, more than 200,000 people have 'liked' his Facebook public page.

VIDEO: Steve Slater's Ex-Wife Says He's "A Great, Fantastic Person"



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