CRIME

Florida man who piloted gyrocopter onto US Capitol lawn is due back in court

  • U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before a House Administration Committee hearing to discuss safety concerns after a gyrocopter illegally landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds, securing officers handguns, and other issues. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before a House Administration Committee hearing to discuss safety concerns after a gyrocopter illegally landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds, securing officers handguns, and other issues. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This photo shows Doug Hughes who flew a small gyrocopter through the no-fly zone in Washington D.C. and landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that a grand jury has indicted Hughes on six charges. He now faces charges that carry up to 9½ years in prison. He is scheduled to appear May 21, in federal court in Washington.  (James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

    FILE - This photo shows Doug Hughes who flew a small gyrocopter through the no-fly zone in Washington D.C. and landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that a grand jury has indicted Hughes on six charges. He now faces charges that carry up to 9½ years in prison. He is scheduled to appear May 21, in federal court in Washington. (James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Douglas Hughes of Florida speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the Capitol pleaded not guilty on Thursday to the six charges he faces.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Douglas Hughes of Florida speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the Capitol pleaded not guilty on Thursday to the six charges he faces. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  (The Associated Press)

A Florida man who piloted a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol is due back in court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that a grand jury has indicted Douglas Hughes on six charges. He now faces charges that carry up to 9½ years in prison. He's scheduled to appear Thursday in federal court in Washington.

Hughes, who took off from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was arrested April 15 after he landed on the Capitol's West Lawn in his bare-bones aircraft. Hughes has said he wanted to call attention to the influence of big money in politics.

The stunt also led to a congressional hearing and exposed a gap in ensuring the safety of buildings in the city.