L.A. man gets 2½ years for laser at aircraft

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A laser pointer.

A laser pointer.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison after pleading guilty to pointing a laser at a police helicopter and a small plane.

A U.S. attorney’s statement says 19-year-old Adam Gardenhire of North Hollywood received the sentence Monday. He was eligible to get five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Gardenhire aimed a commercial-grade green laser at several aircraft in late March 2012, including a Pasadena police helicopter and a Cessna private plane. The Cessna pilot suffered temporary vision problems.

The statement says Gardenhire became just the second person to be indicted under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last year making it a federal crime to deliberately aim a laser at an aircraft.

Gardenhire pleaded guilty in October.

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