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.
Suspect #1: Hispanic or White male adult, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 170 pounds, medium build, wearing an orange vest and hard hat. Suspect #2: Hispanic or White male adult in his mid-30s, 6 feet tall, heavy set, wearing an orange vest and hard hat.
The possession of a date rape drug could once again be charged as a felony under a newly-introduced bill in the California Legislature. The measure would reverse a provision of Proposition 47, which voters approved last fall.
Attorneys for a 14-year-old boy who' charged with the murder of his 8-year-old sister are asking for his release while he awaits trial. The boy's defense team says new evidence points away from his guilt.
Gang violence is a major problem in San Joaquin County, with gangs tied to more than half of the county's homicides. A multi-million dollar state grant is intended to help reverse that trend.
A man charged in the killings of two northern California sheriff's deputies appeared in court Wednesday.