JetBlue's Steven Slater Working on Plea Deal to Avoid Jail

09/07/2010 at 11:15 AM EDT

JetBlue's Steven Slater Working on Plea Deal to Avoid Jail
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Will Steven Slater be able to slide away from his legal troubles?

The former JetBlue flight attendant, who became a folk hero after jumping out of an emergency exit to flee an allegedly abusive passenger last month, is working on a plea deal with prosecutors, his attorney said in court on Tuesday, WNBC-TV reports.

The case was adjorned until next month as the lawyers continue to work on a deal.





WNBC says Slater's charges could be reduced or dropped if he submits to anger-management classes and alcohol-abuse counseling, though the Queens district attorney's office has not confirmed that.

Slater faces up to seven years in prison on charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. Prosecutors have said Slater could have killed or grievously injured anyone standing on the tarmac below the inflatable plastic chute.

Slater, who has pleaded not guilty, claims that a passenger became abusive with him aboard the flight during a dispute over luggage. However, investigators have had trouble finding anyone on board who would corroborate his account.

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