NEW YORK (CBS 2/ 1010 WINS) — The former Jet Blue flight attendant who had a meltdown is working on a deal to avoid prison.
Steven Slater faced a judge Tuesday morning because of the now-infamous emergency exit escape. As it turns out, his incredible exit cost him his job – but it may not cost him time in prison.
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The famously former flight attendant appeared in Queens Criminal Court, beside his lawyer and his publicist. He faces felony chargers of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief and Tuesday he asked for more time to work out a plea deal with prosecutors.
“We hope to continue those discussions to favorably resolve this matter for Mr. Slater,” said Daniel Horwitz, Slater’s attorney. “He would like to move on with his life.”
The deal would include a psychological evaluation, possible rehabilitation and community service – and could involve anger management.
“Beyond stress-related and mental health issues, it could go to alcohol, substance abuse,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
While Slater’s onboard antics made him an instant hit with frustrated workers everywhere, Jet Blue security personnel and Slater’s prosecutors were not amused.
Brown said he believes Slater now regrets his impulsive slide to stardom.
“The evaluation and the possible participation is, as I’ve said, occurring at the defendant’s request, which represents, in my opinion, a recognition by him of the seriousness of that which occurred,” he said.
In the meantime, Slater is unemployed and is rumored to have received several offers for his own reality TV show.
“I think he’s doing great, all things considered,” said Horwitz.
In exchange for the deal, Slater could emerge without a criminal record, though prosecutors are making no promises. He could begin treatment in the coming weeks.
Without a plea deal, Slater faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges.