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Man Who Aimed Laser At Police Chopper Gets Three Years Behind Bars

Associated Press

January 11, 2011

BOSTON — A man convicted of shining a laser beam into a police helicopter escorting a gas tanker through Boston Harbor has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Medford, Mass., resident Gerard Sasso is the second person in the nation and first in his state to be convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft.

They say Sasso targeted the state police helicopter at night in December 2007 and flooded the cockpit with green light. Pilots directed local police to the light source.

Sasso was sentenced Monday on charges including willfully interfering with an aircraft operator with reckless disregard for human life. His attorney hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

A man convicted in California of shining a laser at two airplanes and temporarily blinding a pilot was sentenced in November 2009 to 2 1/2 years.


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    hydroponic3

    over 2 years ago

    58 Comments

    Interesting article - thanks for sharing with the community. Important to know these things.

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    OS441

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Serves the moron right.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41138 Comments

    Good. Thirty years should be more like it though.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Now thats what I am talking about.

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    PRO1000

    over 3 years ago

    932 Comments

    dhuitt Brotha man you are so right. That would be even better.

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    dhuitt

    over 3 years ago

    222 Comments

    Excellent! As everyone else has said, stupid is as stupid does. Three years for pointing a laser. Now let's just get the courts to hand out the same type of sentencing for assaulting an LEO or attempting to elude police.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Good !!

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23106 Comments

    BRADYDPS is so right on with his statement.

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Excellent!

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Good, one moron off the streets for awhile.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Now if other more serious crimes would actually get prison sentences!

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    CTmotorcop

    over 3 years ago

    432 Comments

    The City of Medford called, they are missing their village idiot ! ! !

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Justice has been served on this idiot.

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 3 years ago

    4160 Comments

    I am glad they are making a piont of this. He could have killed alot of people with that dam thing.

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    Hbryant188

    over 3 years ago

    594 Comments

    Stupid is as stupid does. Next!!

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