OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — A federal grand jury this week indicted a Lee County man accused of stealing a plane and threatening to crash it into one of the Tupelo Walmarts.
Cory Wayne Patterson is faced with two points: threaten to damage, destroy, disable and vandalize a civilian aircraft and then actually do so with the aircraft.
A conviction on both counts would earn Patterson a total of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Law enforcement officers arrested Patterson on Sept. 3 after he took off on a plane from the Tupelo Regional Airport and flew wild over North Mississippi for hours until it crashed into a field in Tippah County.
Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka said Patterson called 911 early in the flight and threatened to crash the plane into the Walmart on West Main Street.
Patterson is also being charged by the state in connection with that flight.