Man Who Shined Laser on Customs Copter Gets Prison 9/26/13
MCALLEN, Texas - A judge has sentenced a 28-year-old South Texas man to
1.5 years in prison for pointing a green laser beam at a U.S. Customs and Border
Margarito Tristan III of Donna was sentenced Wednesday in McAllen. U.S.
District Judge Micaela Alvarez also ordered him to serve 2 years of supervised
release upon completing his prison sentence.
Tristan pleaded guilty on July 1 to shining the laser pointer on the
helicopter, which was involved in a night training operation March 7. He could
have been sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.
During the sentencing, Alvarez expressed special concern not only for the
lives of the pilots disoriented by the beam, but also for those who would have
been endangered on the ground if the helicopter had crashed.