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 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.
(AP) - Sacramento police say a family friend is the suspect in a weekend triple homicide that killed a pastor and her two grandsons.
Property crime increased, while falling nationwide, and police chiefs blame Proposition 47.
A former Marine from Orangevale has pleaded guilty in a bizarre Vallejo kidnapping in which the victims at first were accused by police of concocting the abduction.
New details about suspected human trafficking at a large marijuana grow operation were released Tuesday by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.