‘Redneck Woman’ singer Gretchen Wilson faces upto six months in jail for alleged fight on plane

Gretchen Wilson, who was recently arrested in Connecticut after being accused of creating a disturbance at Bradley International Airport, might just be facing 6 months of jail time


                            ‘Redneck Woman’ singer Gretchen Wilson faces upto six months in jail for alleged fight on plane

Gretchen Wilson is facing upto six months in prison after she was arrested at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut over an alleged spat with a fellow passenger during an American Airlines flight on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old singer was reportedly "belligerent" while on the plane and was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor for breach of peace.

“Breach of Peace in violation of Con. Gen. Stats. sec. 53a-181 is a class B misdemeanor,” Pamala Favreau, Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney, told Hollywood Life. “It carries a maximum term of incarceration of up to six months in jail and/or a $1000.00 [fine].”

Gretchen Wilson performs onstage at the WME Party during IEBA 2017 Conference on October 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gretchen Wilson performs onstage at the WME Party during IEBA 2017 Conference on October 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It is up to the court whether or not she goes to jail,” Favreau adds. “However, most cases are negotiated between defense counsel and the prosecutor with Defense seeking a lesser offense or an infraction if possible. Additionally, there are diversionary programs in Connecticut, which are available to persons with no prior criminal record.” 

The lawyer also told the publication that the ‘Redneck Woman’ singer might have to engage in programs “such as community service or anything the court seems reasonably related to the rehabilitation of the accused.” 

Favreau also mentioned that if Wilson has a prior conviction, and the record is “not significant,” then the “court or the prosecutor could agree to allow the accused person to perform community service or make a charitable contribution to the Victims Criminal Injury Compensation fund” as part of a deal.

As previously reported, state police responded to the airport at 7.18 pm local time on Tuesday after reports of a disturbance on an incoming flight. They said that they interviewed 45-year-old Wilson, of Lebanon, Tennessee on the jetway and she became 'belligerent' toward the troopers and caused a disturbance. 

“While interviewing the accused on the jetway she became belligerent towards the troopers and caused a disturbance. The accused was ultimately taken into custody for Breach of Peace,” the Connecticut police said in a statement.

Musical artist Gretchen Wilson attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Musical artist Gretchen Wilson attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The incident remains under investigation and at this point, it remains unclear if she has an attorney. However, this is not a sole incident of airplane misdemeanor on the singer's name. Wilson reportedly was also issued an in-flight citation during an Oct. 2007 American Airlines flight from Nashville to Los Angeles, as per TMZ.

According to the report, she said “f*ck you” to one of the flight attendants when they asked her to put her dog back into its traveling case. 

Gretchen Wilson at the '39th Annual Country Music Awards' on May 26, 2004 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gretchen Wilson at the '39th Annual Country Music Awards' on May 26, 2004 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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