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Aiming Laser Pointer at Airplane Gets Man 2.5 Years in Prison


“In this case the judge really felt it was serious behavior and he wanted to make sure that people understood it was not a joke,” Los Angeles federal prosecutor Melissa Mills said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Defendant Adam Gardenhire remains free on bond pending a hearing next month in which he is seeking to avoid prison pending the outcome of an appeal.

He was sentenced in Los Angeles on Monday by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, a President Ronald Reagan appointee. It is believed to be the longest term handed down for a single count of “knowingly” aiming a laser beam at an aircraft.

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