Ali Reza Shahsavari found not guilty by reason of insanity - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Ali Reza Shahsavari found not guilty by reason of insanity

Ali Reza Shahsavari Ali Reza Shahsavari

Amarillo, TX - A judge has reached a verdict for the man accused of forcing an emergency landing in Amarillo last year.

Ali Shahsavari was found not guilty by reason of insanity for interfering with a flight crew on a Southwest plane last October.

Shahsavari was charged with interfering with a flight crew after officials say he was disruptive on a Southwest flight, causing an emergency landing in Amarillo.

Expert testimony in court today show's Shahsavari has a mental disorder and may have been off of his medications at the time of the incident.

Shahsavari's attorney Jeff Blackburn says they are happy with the decision, especially after the bad reputation Shahsavari has gotten after the incident.

"A not guilty is a great thing, and we are very happy that we got found not guilty. If you look at the way this case early on, this was the worst guy, he was a terrorist awful, that's ridiculous to say he was insane. Look we knew it from the beginning," said Blackburn.

Blackburn also tells me they will be back in court within forty days to determine if Shahsavari is a danger to society.

Shahsavari told the court he is sorry and just wants to go back home to Florida.

Powered by Frankly