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.
New details about suspected human trafficking at a large marijuana grow operation were released Tuesday by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
A Woodland woman whose infant son was found dead near the Sacramento River in 2015 has been convicted of murder.
The Yuba County Sheriff's Department says it has solved the 1973 shotgun deaths of two middle-school-age girls. Two men have been arrested.
Sacramento Kings Guard Darren Collison has pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge in Placer County. Collison was arrested in May at his Granite Bay home after his wife filed a complaint about being assaulted.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says a check of 70 registered sex offenders last week yielded 29 arrests. The offenders were taken into custody for parole or probation violations and other offenses.