LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Colo. man has pleaded guilty to pointing a laser beam at both a law enforcement aircraft and a news helicopter, the FBI announced Thursday.
Isaias Gonzalez, 25, Monday pleaded guilty to one count of a federal indictment that charged him with pointing a beam at a helicopters operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and KTLA, according to the FBI.
“According to the statement of facts to which Gonzalez admitted in court, Gonzalez deliberately aimed a green laser at multiple aircraft on the evening of September, 6, 2012,” the FBI said in a statement.
Gonzalez faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is due back in court for sentencing on Dec. 2.
In 2012, President Obama signed legislation that makes pointing a laser beam at an aircraft a federal crime.