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Wife of Gyrocopter Pilot: 'Very Brave,' but he Broke the Law

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Doug Hughes Fla., mailman who delivered letters of protest to Congress by flying a small gyrocopter through the no-fly zone in Washington D.C. (James Borchuck/TNS/Landov)

Friday, 17 Apr 2015 04:41 PM

RUSKIN, Fla. — A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is a law-abiding citizen and a patriot, his wife said in an interview Friday.

Alena Hughes spoke to WFLA News Channel 8 at her attorney's office near Tampa. Her husband, Doug Hughes, was charged federally with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national airspace. He was released from jail and is expected back in Florida, where he must check in weekly with authorities pending his prosecution.

"From the public point of view this is very brave," Alena Hughes told the station.

But she added that she almost feels betrayed, because if something had happened to her husband it would have caused problems for their family. They have a 12-year-old daughter and Hughes has adult children from a previous marriage.

"Law is law," she said. "And he broke the law."

She said she couldn't sleep for two nights and was worried about her husband.

"I am his wife and I will support him no matter what," she said.

Alena Hughes is from Belarus. She and Hughes met online. They had a few dates in Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia before she moved to the US in 2002 and they got married. The couple celebrated their 13th anniversary last weekend.

She told the station that her husband bought the gyrocopter about two years ago and she wasn't very happy about the purchase. She said it wasn't a good way to spend the family's money. Doug kept the gyrocopter at an airport in Wauchula airport.

Alena Hughes said her husband had his own lawyer in Washington and she hired one near Tampa to represent her. Attorney Paul Carr said that Alena Hughes was shocked and in tears when they talked about the situation.

"After discussing the situation with her, I didn't see any criminal intent," Carr said. "In fact, there's a lot of people that would like to approach Congress."

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