Mo. Man Gets Probation for Aiming Laser at Chopper

4 years 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, April 11 2013 Apr 11, 2013 Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:07:48 AM CDT April 11, 2013 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - A Missouri man has been sentenced to two years of probation for aiming a laser pointer at a police helicopter.
Michael Brandon Smith, formerly of O'Fallon, was also ordered Thursday to perform 40 hours of community service during sentencing in U.S. District Court.
The incident happened May 18, 2012. A Metro St. Louis Air Support Police helicopter was responding to a burglary report at a St. Charles County school when the aircraft was struck several times by a green laser beam.
Federal prosecutors say that when the beam struck the glass of the helicopter the vision of the pilot and a second person in the chopper was impacted, and the helicopter had to pull away from the search.
Smith pleaded guilty in November.

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