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.
A measure on the California November ballot would reduce some drug possession and theft-related felony crimes to misdemeanors. Proponents say it would reduce prison overcrowding and prison costs. Opponents say it would put dangerous criminals back on the streets and overcrowd local jails.
Stockton Police are looking to question a man who might have dropped off the gunmen in the Bank of the West robbery and shootout in July.
After a dramatic drop in Stockton's homicide rate over the last couple of years, the violent death numbers are going back up again.
The City of Sacramento Police Department says the crime rate has dropped significantly for the second year in a row. The police chief credits more community involvement.
Hit-and-run collisions could soon trigger a community alert to track down the fleeing drivers, under a bill now in the California legislature.