A Miami man who rolled up to Miami International Airport and ignited a brawl with TSA agents and a Customs cop has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.
For guilty pleas on two counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain federal employees, Nivaldo Lopez will pay $9,172 in restitution in addition to losing two years and three months time to a federal correctional facility.
Tuesday's sentencing is Lopez's first in prison despite a history of public truculence: two convictions for resisting an officer with violence, two for resisting an officer without violence, one each for battery on a cop, disorderly conduct and trespassing on school grounds. His other crimes fall under "stealing": selling bootleg recordings, grand theft, retail theft and strong-arm robbery.
What sparked Lopez's belligerence at Concourse D on Oct. 25, 2017, wasn't addressed in court documents. Video shot by a bystander shows Lopez marching up and down in front of check-in counters, yelling disjointed sentences. The Justice Department says there was a bomb threat in there somewhere.
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When Lopez gets to a Customs and Border Protection officer, he tells the officer, "You don't want me! You don't want me!" Lopez kept bouncing in the Customs officer's face until the officer snapped out a baton. Lopez rushed forward with an overhand right to the officer's head and the two soon were entwined.
Lopez then went from Teofilo Stevenson to Mike Tyson — he bit the Customs officer. Several TSA agents joined the attempt to subdue Lopez, who grabbed the top of a trash can and swung it wildly.
He managed to hit one TSA agent in the face and chest before winding up on his stomach with hands behind his back and mouth covered.