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 survivors of crime victims spoke out Thursday in Stockton, coming together to tell their stories and honor their loved ones.
Update 11/14/2016, 6:50 p.m.: A Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy was shot and killed yesterday while checking out a suspicious vehicle near Hughson.
A memorial continues to grow for a Marysville boxing trainer who was shot to death outside of his gym and in front of his eight-year-old son Wednesday.
The Sacramento Police Department is answering for two separate shootings by police officers. Friday the City Manager signed a contract with a credentialed expert to investigate the two incidents.
The Lincoln Police Department says one of its deputies shot and killed a man in the McDonald's parking lot at G and Third Streets this morning.