March 11, 2014 - Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26,
of Clovis, Calif., was sentenced on Monday to 14
years in prison for aiming a laser pointer at
Fresno police helicopter Air 1, and attempting
to interfere with its operation. Rodriguez and
his girlfriend, Jennifer Lorraine Coleman, 23,
were both convicted by a federal jury after a
three–day trial in Fresno in December 2013.
According to evidence presented at trial,
Rodriguez and Coleman used a high-powered green
laser pointer to repeatedly strike the cockpit
of Air 1 during a clear summer night in 2012.
Air 1 had responded to the apartment complex
where Rodriguez and Coleman resided near the
Fresno Yosemite International Airport to
investigate the report of laser strikes on Air
George, an emergency transport helicopter for
Children’s Hospital of Central California.