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Sentencing set for man who helicopter landed at tech company

RALEIGH, N. C. – A man will soon learn his sentence for pretending to be an Army general last year, when he landed a helicopter chartered at a North Carolina technology company.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled on Tuesday morning for the Christian Desgroux on a charge of impersonating a military. He pleaded guilty in June to the charges, which carries a maximum sentence of three years. His lawyer has argued that the sentence is not more than six months.

Federal agents say Desgroux landed the helicopter in November last year at the headquarters of the campus of SAS Institute, saying: he was on a mission approved by the president. The authorities say that the false story was meant to make an impression on a woman that worked there.

Despite wearing a general’s uniform during the episode, Desgroux never served in the U.S. army.

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