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Brazilian Court Upholds Conviction for Westhampton Beach Pilot

No jail time determined for Westhampton Beach resident, after he was found guilty in relation to a 2006 plane crash which resulted in 154 deaths.

A Brizilian court upheld a ruling recently that a Westhampton Beach pilot was negligent in evaluating anti-collision equipment on a plane which later crashed into another plane in Brazil, killing over 150 people in 2006.

Jan Paladino, along with Bay Shore resident Joseph Lepore, were piloting a business jet in Såo José de Campos, Brazil – northeast of Såo Paulo – when it collided with a Boeing 737. The executive jet reportedly landed safely while the 737 crashed in the jungle, killing all onboard.

According to the Associated Press, neither Paladino nor Lepore will be forced to spend a day in prison despite being found guilty in 2011 and being sentenced to four years in prison. The sentence was later switched to community service, a sentence which was upheld.

Prosecutors are reportedly planning on appealing the ruling.

Click here to read the Associated Press report.

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