Jerome Kenneth Kingzio, 28, received a remarkably light sentence for a truly disgusting crime of assault. On a Continental flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, a 66-year-old woman was watching an in-flight movie when Kingzio stood up in the seat behind her and urinated on her. For this assault, he received just three weeks in jail.
Even when the women pushed Kingzio back, he continued to urinate.
Kingzio is a resident of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and had been drinking. I do not understand why this was not viewed as akin to a violent assault. Even if one considers intoxication, the injury to the woman was awful and should be treated with more gravity in sentencing.
The woman can clearly sue for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, but something tells me that this is someone who may be judgment proof financially.
While airlines have been sued over other cases of bizarre and disgusting behavior on planes, Continental cannot be sued for the unforeseeable attack. As long as the flight attendants attacked quickly, Kingzio is entirely responsible for the incident.
If Kingzio had hit the woman, would he have faced only a three week sentence? I doubt it. Even with substance abuse, this assault warranted something a bit more weighty even with the six-month probation. I would have thought that three to six months in jail would have been the minimum. This is a case where a tort lawsuit might at least give the victim more of a sense of justice, even if it means garnishment of wages to recover the damages.