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Man who landed gyrocopter at the US Capitol says he has rejected plea offer that included jail

  • Douglas Hughes, right, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, talks with members of the media outside of Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington. Hughes said he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Douglas Hughes, right, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, talks with members of the media outside of Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington. Hughes said he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Douglas Hughes, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, talks with reporters outside of Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington. Hughes said he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Douglas Hughes, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, talks with reporters outside of Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington. Hughes said he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Patrick Benko of Germantown, Md., left, takes a photograph with Douglas Hughes, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, as Hughes leaves Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington. Benko recognized Hughes and asked to take a photograph with him with the U.S. Capitol in the background, "he made a bold statement," says Benko, "that probably not a lot of people have with the government." Hughes said he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Patrick Benko of Germantown, Md., left, takes a photograph with Douglas Hughes, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, as Hughes leaves Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington. Benko recognized Hughes and asked to take a photograph with him with the U.S. Capitol in the background, "he made a bold statement," says Benko, "that probably not a lot of people have with the government." Hughes said he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  (The Associated Press)

A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol says he's rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison.

Douglas Hughes is scheduled to appear Monday in federal court in Washington for a status hearing in his case. He said in a brief telephone interview before the hearing that he had rejected an offer that included significant jail time because it didn't seem just for an act of civil disobedience in which no one got hurt. Hughes has said his April 15 flight in the bare-bones aircraft was intended to call attention to the influence of big money in politics.

Hughes says it's now more likely that his case will go to trial.