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.
If you're heading out to Sacramento area shopping malls this holiday season, you'll likely notice more police officers on patrol. Police say criminal activity historically ticks-up during the season.
Sac State police are reporting a sexual assault took place last Sunday on campus.
Ten days after a Grant Union High School football player was killed and a teammate was injured by gunfire, the Sacramento Police Department continues to ask for anyone with information to step forward.
Police are requesting help from the community in locating an individual responsible for a bank robbery.
The City of Modesto will soon be using surveillance cameras to fight graffiti and protect its water supply. About 50 cameras are being installed around town.