SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared skeptical about the government’s claim that a California man who fired a laser at an emergency transport ambulance helicopter and then a Fresno Police helicopter deserved his 14-year sentence.
Attorneys believe that this is the highest such sentence ever issued for perpetrating a laser strike. By comparison, a man in New Zealand recently received 12 months of supervision and no prison time for nearly the same offense.
In the court hearing, attorney Carolyn Del Phillips—representing the defendant Sergio Rodriguez—told the court: “This case involves sentencing that is completely astonishing in its unreasonableness.”
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