Prosecutors say that Johnny Quenga had a laser mounted to an airsoft rifle like this. (credit: Eastern District of California)
A man who pleaded guilty last year to pointing an airsoft rifle-mounted laser at a Fresno, California Police Department helicopter was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Johnny Quenga’s saga began on March 5, 2015, when FPD helicopter pilot Ken Schneider was on routine patrol at 500 feet in the air. (Ars flew with Schneider as part of our 2014 feature on laser strikes.)
According to an FBI affidavit, both Schneider and Tactical Flight Officer Jeffrey Logue were struck several times by Quenga’s laser. Logue then used the on-board Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera to determine that the laser emanated from a particular intersection in the Pinedale neighborhood of Fresno. Logue radioed down to officers on the ground, who attempted to find the suspect.
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