The U.S. Attorney's Office said a judge issued the sentence against 26-year-old Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, of Clovis, on Monday.
Rodriguez was accused of pointing a green laser 13 times more powerful than common pointers at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in 2012. The helicopter had been called to an apartment complex where an emergency helicopter for a children's hospital also reported being targeted by a laser.
Authorities say such laser strikes can blind pilots and lead to crashes.
A federal jury in Fresno found Rodriguez and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Jennifer Lorraine Coleman, guilty of charges in the case in December. Coleman is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
The City of Sacramento Police Department says the crime rate has dropped significantly for the second year in a row. The police chief credits more community involvement.
Hit-and-run collisions could soon trigger a community alert to track down the fleeing drivers, under a bill now in the California legislature.
Police say they've made several arrests in connection to a possible social media threat made against Rocklin High School.
The Mack Road area of south Sacramento was besieged by shootings and violence in March. A business group on Mack Road in Sacramento is working to strengthen the business community and the area's neighborhoods.
Homicide investigators are at the scene of a deadly shooting in South Sacramento early Wednesday.