Shasta County Plane Crash: Pilot was facing domestic violence charges

Apr 21, 2015 4:00 PM

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say the man who died after intentionally crashing his plane in Northern California was facing domestic violence charges.

Shasta County Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said Zachary Cain Stickler pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony count of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor battery charge. Sheriff's officials say he intentionally crashed a plane into a pasture east of Redding the next day.

Bridgett said the charges stemmed from an incident in February in Redding. The victim was dating Stickler, and the two were living together.

She declined to provide more detail, saying she wanted to protect the victim's privacy.

Sheriff's deputies say text messages Stickler sent to his friends and family led them to conclude he committed suicide by crashing a plane.


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