Judge ends case of vet who made jet threat

August 23, 2011 8:10:13 AM PDT
The legal case is over against a former Air Force intelligence specialist whose claim of possessing explosives forced a trans-Atlantic flight to land in Maine.

A federal court judge in Bangor ruled Tuesday that 27-year-old Derek Stansberry of Riverview, Fla., suffered a temporary psychotic break during the April 2010 incident that is unlikely to recur.

The Paris-to-Atlanta flight diverted to Bangor after Stansberry gave a rambling note to a flight attendant and then responded "yes" when federal air marshals asked if he had explosives.

Stansberry later claimed he made up the story to divert attention from classified information he allegedly possessed.

The decision by U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock ruled that sleep deprivation, stress, dehydration and ingestion of body building supplements contributed to Stansberry's break, which lasted several days.

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