Sentences Handed Down for Errant Pilots

 - November 6, 2006, 12:20 PM

Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez last month was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison after pleading guilty last May to smuggling into the U.S. some 200,000 Ecstasy pills while flying a C-5 Galaxy mission from Germany to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., for the Air National Guard. Separately, Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, was sentenced last month to six months of home detention for secretly videotaping pop star Michael Jackson while the singer was flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.