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Paul Henry Boritzer Convicted For Pretending To Be Federal Air Marshal, Threatening JetBlue Attendant

08/20/09 07:18 PM ET   AP

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NEW ORLEANS � A federal jury has convicted a New York man of charges he pretended to be a federal air marshal and threatened a JetBlue flight attendant after he was denied alcohol on a flight to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year.

Forty-six-year-old Paul Henry Boritzer of New York City faces up to 29 years in prison and a $1 million fine following his convictions Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Boritzer, also known as John I. Michaels, created a disturbance after he was denied drinks during the Feb. 20 flight from New York.

After a two-day trial, a jury convicted him of interfering with a flight crew and impersonating a federal air marshal. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is set for Dec. 9.

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