- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 30-year-old Nevada man who pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at Las Vegas police helicopters will be released from federal custody as he awaits sentencing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe on Monday ordered Henderson resident James Zipf to get a job and stop using laser pointers.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/UkQKYp) Zipf pleaded guilty last month to one of six felony counts of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. His sentencing is set for Sept. 25.

Prosecutors say Zipf placed the lives of people in the helicopters in danger, and forced one disoriented pilot to land his aircraft and end his shift.

Zipf moved to Henderson from Phoenix last year and has a 2011 conviction for pointing a similar blue laser at police helicopters there.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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