CHICAGO – A federal judge has sentenced a business traveler from suburban Chicago to nine months in prison for groping a passenger during a flight while she slept in a seat next to him.
Srinivasa Erramilli was sentenced Wednesday just after the victim said in court that no woman should be subject to such treatment.
Outside court after the hearing, she told reporters and a TV camera that she was pleased the ordeal's over but wished the punishment could have been more severe.
The maximum sentence the 46-year-old Erramilli faced under federal guidelines was 16 months behind bars.
The defense said the intense public humiliation of the Aurora defendant has been its own punishment.
Judge Joan Lefkow praised the woman during sentencing for stepping forward on behalf of similar victims.