By Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a San Antonio man to eight months in prison for shining a laser on a television news helicopter.

Christopher B. Evans was sentenced on Friday for his Sept. 13 guilty plea to aiming a laser pointer at a flying aircraft. The 25-year-old Evans could have been sentenced to up to five years in federal prison and fined up to $250,000.

A WOAI-TV news helicopter was flying north of San Antonio International Airport early the morning of Oct. 27, 2015, when it was hit by the laser strike.

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