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 FBI is asking for the public's help in catching a man wanted for robbing four banks, including two in El Dorado Hills and one in Folsom. The other hold up took place in Stateline, Nevada.
(AP) — California's attorney general says the number of violent crimes jumped 10 percent statewide last year, reversing several years of declines.
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.