San Diego soccer players get prison time for ruckus aboard Southwest Airlines flight

Posted at 4:26 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 19:35:56-05
SAN DIEGO -- Two San Diego soccer players convicted of disrupting a Southwest Airlines flight are now headed for prison.
Jonathan Khalid Petras, 21, and Wisam Imad Shaker, 23, were sentenced Monday on charges of interfering with a flight crew and aiding and abetting.
Petras was sentenced to seven months and Shaker got five months. Both were facing up to 20 years in prison each.
The men were on a flight from San Diego to Chicago last summer when the incident unfolded. They boarded the flight with four other men and the group became aggressive, used obscene language when denied alcohol and refused instructions from flight attendants, prosecutors said.
The plane was diverted to Amarillo, Texas. All six men were detained when the aircraft landed. The flight then continued on after the delay. 
The men were part of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League and were flying to the Assyrian American National Convention in Chicago.
Two of the other four men involved in the incident were acquitted. Charges against the other two were dropped.