A man has been fined $5,000 and faces potential jail time after fondling a sleeping woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh last year.

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According to the Associated Press, 59-year-old Wei-Ming Shi plead guilty to simple assault on an aircraft during flight Monday. However, Shi could be sentenced to up to six months in jail and probation when he appears in front of a federal judge in March.

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Shi’s original charges carried a total of up to five years behind bars.

While the man’s attorney claims the Pennsylvania native believed the victim, who is in her 20s, was “flirting” with him prior to falling asleep on the…

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