33 months for man who shined laser at Philadelphia Police helicopter

    “Williamsport man sentenced to 33 months for assaulting police helicopter with a laser”

    That’s the headline of a release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office detailing the sentencing of James Gautieri. Though the headline may spark laughter, Gautieri will have a long time behind bars to think about the seriousness of his crime.


    Gautieri was convicted in August 2007 for shining a laser into the cockpit of a Philadelphia Police Department helicopter in April 2008. The light hit the pilot in the eyes.

    The 54-year-old was sentenced to 33 months in prison, and must pay $10,000.

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