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.
Governor Jerry Brown signed new regulations designed to track racial profiling and use of force by police, while rejecting tougher penalties for criminals.
A new study finds California’s prison realignment did not reduce prison costs or the number of repeat offenders, but it did help the state meet a court-mandated prison population.
A Sacramento County Office of Education program for kids who have displayed violent behavior is celebrating its 17th year and considerable success.
The next time you use your cell phone to make a 9-1-1 call to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, it won't have to be relayed by the CHP. The department has spent $18 million for a new dispatch center.
Stockton Police cracked down hard on criminal street gangs that are at war with each other. Investigators capped a 90-day investigation with extensive arrests, gun seizures and drugs and money confiscated.