North Dakota

Accused flight attendant unlikely to get maximum sentence

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department in Bismarck, N.D., shows Justin Cox-Sever, of Tempe, Ariz. Cox-Sever, a flight attendant accused of fabricating bomb threats on two U.S. flights in 2015, signed a plea deal Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, with prosecutors to avoid trial but still could spend decades in prison. It still needs approval of a federal judge. (Burleigh County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department in Bismarck, N.D., shows Justin Cox-Sever, of Tempe, Ariz. Cox-Sever, a flight attendant accused of fabricating bomb threats on two U.S. flights in 2015, signed a plea deal Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, with prosecutors to avoid trial but still could spend decades in prison. It still needs approval of a federal judge. (Burleigh County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

An attorney for a flight attendant who plans to plead guilty to making bogus bomb threats on two Skywest flights in 2015 says Justin Cox-Sever is likely to serve far less than the maximum prison sentence of 50 years.

Federal Public Defender Neil Fulton says federal sentencing guidelines call for about 1 ½ years behind bars, although sentences can vary depending on the results of a presentence investigation.

Cox-Sever is from Tempe, Arizona. He's accused of making bogus bomb threats on a flight from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Chicago, and on a flight from Minneapolis to Dickinson, North Dakota.

He recently agreed to plead guilty to charges related to interfering with an aircraft. He's due in court June 1.