Aiming laser at police helicopter brings prison term for man from Missouri

Published: Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:41 PM CST
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A man from Kansas City received a three-year federal prison sentence without parole for pointing a laser at a police helicopter in 2013.

Federal prosecutors say Jordan Rogers, 26, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty in September to violating a federal law that makes it illegal to point laser beams at aircraft.

The pilot of the helicopter reported he suffered eye strain for several hours after Rogers pointed the laser at the helicopter three times in 2013.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Casey said before the sentencing that Rogers has an extensive criminal history, which he argued should be a factor in sentencing.