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Feb 12, 2014 7:37 PM by Matt Fernandez

Man sentenced for pointing laser at a sheriff department plane

TUCSON - Jack Downey was sentenced in federal court for point a laser at a Pima County Sheriff plane.

Wednesday Downey was sentenced to two years supervised probation for aiming a laser pointer at the sheriff department plane on March 5th, 2013 near the Tucson International Airport.

The FBI Tuesday launched a campaign offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who aims a laser pointer at an aircraft.

"The reason for the $10,000 campaign was based on the fact we had over 4,000 incidents across the nation involving attacks and aiming at aircrafts." Said special agent Brian Novak.

Novak's and his office worked on Downey's case.
He has also worked on other cases where pilots were injured.

"I know a couple pilots that do have permanent injuries related to laser incidents because the intensity of the laser and the affects it has on parts on the eye." said Novak.

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