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.
1:00 p.m. UPDATE: A report of a stolen vehicle in Elk Grove led to an motorcycle officer firing on a suspect after being hit by a stolen car, according to a statement from the Sacramento Sheriff's Spokesman Sergeant Tony Turnbull.
(AP) - A man who police say was walking into traffic in Fresno to ask people for money has racked up his 70th citation for aggressive panhandling in the past year.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has a new social media tool. A new smartphone app lets people report crime and find out about crimes in their neighborhoods.
A Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office canine is continuing to recover after being stabbed last week while trying to apprehend a suspect. Officials say the dog will be back on duty after several weeks.
Law enforcement agencies in California will need to get a warrant to access your digital records, including your physical location, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.