In August of 2009 a Long Island Railroad engineer was accused of letting a passenger operate the train for almost a half hour between Hicksville and Hunters Point Avenue in Queens. Both the passenger and the engineer were subsequently arrested, and today former train engineer Ronald Cabrera, 41, accepted a plea deal that will get him 50 hours of community service and a $500 fine. He pleaded guilty to official misconduct, a misdemeanor, and admitted that he let court stenographer William Kutsch into the train cab. Today Cabrera also revealed what possessed him to do such a stupid thing.

Newsday reports (paywall) that Cabrera, who was going through a divorce at the time, let Kutsch into the cab in exchange for free legal advice. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped the charge of reckless endangerment—a charge which Kutsch still faces. He's due in court on October 26th, and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. As for Cabrera, he's been fired from the LIRR, but his lawyer thinks this plea deal will enable his client to get his job back! Hey, why not? It's not as if he let some little kid drive the train.