Man gets 8-month prison term for shining laser at DPS copter

DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a 23-year-old former suburban Dallas man to eight months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.

A U.S. attorney's statement says Steven Alexander Chavez, who now lives in Lubbock, was sentenced Wednesday in Dallas for his February guilty plea to aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. He could have been sentenced to up to five years in federal prison and fined up to $250,000.

FBI agents arrested Chavez in August 2013 after he was accused of intentionally aiming the laser pointer at the DPS helicopter from a friend's backyard in the Dallas suburb of Garland.

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