Man pleads guilty in plane theft
Friday, August 14, 2009
ST. LOUIS -- A Turkish-Canadian man has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing a plane in Canada and flying over three states before landing along a dark southern Missouri highway.
Adam Dylan Leon pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis to federal charges of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, importation of a stolen aircraft and illegal entry.
The 31-year-old formerly known as Yavuz Berke admitted that on April 6, he stole a four-seat Cessna 172 from his Thunder Bay, Ontario, flight school and crossed the U.S. border. It landed more than seven hours later near Ellsinore, Mo.
He faces a maximum of 20 years and six months in prison at his Nov. 3 sentencing.
Leon's attorney, federal public defender Lucille Liggett, did not return a phone call seeking comment.