Mario Deleon Lopez, a 35-year-old Santa Ana man, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Monday for shining a laser pointer at an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, according to the O.C. Register.
Lopez pleaded guilty in March to aiming the laser pointer at deputies flying over a traffic accident in Santa Ana on Nov. 14. After the helicopter’s cockpit had been targeted by the green laser several times, the flight crew directed officers on the ground to Lopez’ location, in a Santa Ana backyard. He was arrested then released and eventually indicted. Continue reading