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.
A rising number of homicides in Stockton is a cause for concern for police. So far this year, 17 people have been murdered. Last year at this time, there had been nine killings.
(AP) - Northern California authorities say a 31-year-old man is dead following an altercation at a heavily attended music festival.
Police are investigating the shooting of a vocational school student on Fruitridge near the bus station at 79th Street.
Police say the death of a woman found in the American River this morning near Sacramento State is being treated as a homicide.
(AP) — The California state Senate is rejecting a bill that would end a practice of extending jail and prison sentences for repeat drug offenders.