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Man Sentenced to 48 Months for Shining Laser into DPS Helicopter

HOUSTON — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for aiming a green laser last year at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter as it flew over northwest Houston, according to federal officials.

As reported by Chron, Bryan Aldana was caught shining the laser pointer at the Airbus AS350 aircraft as it flew about 1,000 feet above him near Hollister and Pitner Roads during a June 23 patrol.

The light illuminated the cockpit and forced the pilot to veer away from it because of the glare, officials said.

Houston police officers helped pin down the origin of the laser to a parking lot outside the T&T Food Mart where Aldana was among seven people sitting outside the business, according to court documents.


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