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Joe Rickey Hundley, former Idaho aerospace executive, accused of using a racial slur and slapping a 19 month old toddler Joe Rickey Hundley, former Idaho aerospace executive, accused of using a racial slur and slapping a 19 month old toddler
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A former Idaho aerospace executive who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying toddler on a flight is due in federal court for sentencing Monday morning.

Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty in October after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Hundley used a racial slur to refer to the 19 month old boy and then hit him under the right eye as the flight from Minneapolis began its descent to the Atlanta airport last February.  Hundley's attorney said earlier this year that her client was on his way to take his son off life support after being told just 24 hours earlier that he had overdosed on insulin, and was 'upset and grieving' at the time of the incident.

The misdemeanor simple assault charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to $100,000. Prosecutors have recommended six months in prison, but Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence.

The judge isn't required to follow the recommendations in the plea agreement.

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