Man Sentenced for Hijacking NC Bus

RALEIGH, N.C. - A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to hijacking a bus that was later stopped in North Carolina has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.

Thirty-3-year-old Jose Darwin Flores of Arlington, Va., pleaded guilty earlier this year to violence against a mass transportation provider.

Flores was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh to 235 months in prison.

Prosecutors say Flores was arrested near Henderson in April 2011 after he allowed the bus Greyhound driver to stop at a gas station. Prosecutors say Flores had taken over the bus with a pellet gun shortly after it crossed into North Carolina on a Washington, D.C.-to-Miami route.

Flores tried to drive away from the gas station but was unable to disengage the emergency brake and was stopped by police.

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