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.
(AP) - A former California fire battalion chief has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of his girlfriend.
UPDATE: Three people, including two Sacramento musicians, are recovering from being stabbed Sunday. The Sacramento Police Department said Monday night that the incident is being classified as a hate crime.
A human rights group says none of the states, including California, have protections against use of force by law enforcement that match federal or international protections.
School's out for summer...prompting school officials in Sacramento to ask people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on campuses.
Sacramento-area homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of three men found shot to death in cars overnight.