Unruly JetBlue passenger who groped woman sentenced

And unruly passenger is escorted off a JetBlue plane that was diverted to Denver Sunday night. (Credit: Yoram Kohanzadeh)

And unruly passenger is escorted off a JetBlue plane that was diverted to Denver Sunday night. (Credit: Yoram Kohanzadeh)

DENVER — A man who groped a pregnant woman while on a JetBlue flight from New York to Los Angeles, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport, was sentenced to time served Thursday.

Prosecutors said Marcus Covington, 33, was charged with interference with a flight attendant and abusive sexual contact during JetBlue flight 667 on August 19.

Covington was drunk and making fellow passengers nervous because he kept walking up to their seats and saying nonsensical things, prosecutors said.

At one point he groped a 27-year-old pregnant woman, said a Jeff Dorshner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.

A FBI special agent, who was traveling on the flight as a passenger, helped to restrain him.

The FBI agent and another passenger sat next to Covington to keep him under control while the plane landed at DIA, Dorshner said.

The agent also saw Covington take a number of unidentifiable pills, Dorshner added.

Denver police escorted him off the plane. As they were trying to get Covington to sit in a chair, “he kicked at, and spit on them while threatening to kill him,” Dorshner said.

A judge sentenced Covington to time served, (172 days) in jail and two years probation. During the probation, Covington cannot have any alcohol.

He was also ordered to pay JetBlue $4,170 in restitution for the unexpected landing in Denver.