Passenger pleads guilty to pulling hijab from Muslim woman’s head

( CNN) A man who admitted yanking a Muslim woman’s hijab from her head during an airline flight pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of obstruction of a person’s free exercise of religion rights, according to the plea agreement filed in the U.S. District Court in New Mexico .

Gill Parker Payne, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, will serve two months of home detention under the terms of the plea arrangement. A sentencing date has not been defined. The magistrate does not have to accept the agreement.

The incident occurred on a December 11 Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to a news release from the Justice Department. The female is identified only as “K.A.” in court documents.

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