- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man has pleaded guilty to shining a laser pointer at a Border Patrol helicopter.

Juan Peralez entered his plea Friday in federal court in McAllen. He faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he’s sentenced Nov. 17.

The 57-year-old La Joya (HOY’-yah) man admitted that he pointed the laser at the helicopter about 1 a.m. June 20. A federal affidavit said the pilot had to take evasive action to avoid being blinded while another member of his crew directed Border Patrol agents on the ground to the source of the laser, where Peralez was seen aiming the laser at the helicopter.

Peralez is free on bond pending sentencing.


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