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May 30, 2013

Hayden man who shot at antique airplane now faces attempted murder charges

ONEONTA — A Hayden man who is pleading guilty to federal charges of shooting at a historic airplane will now face state charges of attempted murder for the same incident.

District Attorney Pamela Casey confirmed Thursday that Jason Allen McCay now faces two counts of attempted murder in Blount County District Court. After arrest, he was released on $40,000 bond.

McCay, 37, pleaded guilty to shooting at the World War II-era Stearman biplane last June. The aircraft was taking its first test flight out of the private Campbell's Field airstrip between Hayden and Corner, after owner Fred Campbell had finished a years-long restoration.

McCay had moved into a house next to the airstrip not long beforehand,and had repeatedly complained about the noise from the airstrip. He shot at the Stearman with a shotgun.

McCay was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and placed into federal custody. After entering a guilty plea, he was sentenced to a year's probation in January.

Casey said that McCay will be arraigned on June 10 in Oneonta.

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