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1/10/2014, 6 a.m.
Hundley's lawyer, Marcia Shein, objected to the deviation from the recommendation in the plea agreement and said after the hearing that she believes the sentence is disproportionate.
Before he was sentenced, Hundley told the judge he took full responsibility for his actions and turned to apologize in person to Jessica Bennett, the toddler's mother, who was in the courtroom.
Hundley, who lived in Idaho at the time, was on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Feb. 8 and was seated in a window seat next to Bennett, who was sitting in the aisle seat and had her 19-month-old son on her lap, according to court filings.
As the plane descended into Atlanta, the child started crying. Hundley leaned over to Bennett and "told her to shut that (N-word) baby up,'' according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent who investigated the incident. Bennett asked Hundley what he had said, and he leaned in with his face next to hers and said it again, prosecutors have said.
Hundley then slapped the child's face, leaving a scratch below his right eye, the FBI agent's statement says.
Hundley's only son was in a coma in Atlanta after an insulin overdose that was the result of a suspected suicide attempt, Shein has said. Hundley had spent the prior day talking to his ex-wife and doctors after his son was declared brain dead, Shein said, and he booked a last-minute flight to Atlanta so he and his ex-wife could take their son off life support.
"I made the most terrible day in my life much worse for me and for others,'' Hundley told the judge.
Ga. man sentenced in trade embargo conspiracy
ROME, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a metro Atlanta man has been sentenced for conspiring to violate a trade embargo with Iran.
Authorities say 53-year-old Mark Mason Alexander, of Roswell, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to send water-jet cutting machines to the Middle Eastern nation.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says the man, who also goes by the name Musa Mahmood Ahmed, conspired with two Iranian businessmen to sell Hydrajet water-jet cutting systems to customers in Iran.
The machines are used for the precision cutting of aluminum, glass, granite and steel.
Alexander is ordered to spend three years on supervised release after his sentence.
Ga. woman sentenced in elementary school assault
DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia woman has been sentenced to 35 years in an attack on an elementary school teacher that left her with injuries to her neck and spinal cord.
WALB-TV (http://bit.ly/1dtfNuM) reports that Seminole county District Attorney Joe Mulholland called Neotha Fedd's attack at Seminole County Elementary School one of the worst beatings he's ever seen.
The school's surveillance cameras were recording as Fedd dragged the victim down a hallway May 7, 2012 and repeatedly kicked her.
Fedd was a volunteer at the school and authorities have said the beating took place after a teacher who was monitoring the halls asked her what she was doing.