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Man who shone laser at helicopter because he was bored sent to prison

A 26 year old man took a plea deal and will spend over a year in jail for shining laser pointers at a police helicopter over a period of six months
By Tamlin Magee from Aug 7, 2014 @ 17:22 CDT

A 26 year old Californian man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for shining laser pointers at a passing police helicopter.


Brett Lee Scott, 26, of Buttonwillow, claimed that he was "bored" and agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. As Ars Technica reports, court filings show Scott had been allegedly shining the laser pointers towards the helicopter over a six month period.

Although it may seem innocuous, powerful laser pointers can quite easily blind pilots - with the worst case scenario being the crashing of an aircraft. No injuries resulted in this case, but the prosecution is a clear sign the law's taking the potential of such threats seriously.


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