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In Brief: Man Pleads Guilty to Pointing Laser at Multiple Aircraft, Injuring Pilots’ Eyes

In Brief: Man Pleads Guilty to Pointing Laser at Multiple Aircraft, Injuring Pilots’ Eyes
Jesse Tabit

A man accused of pointing a laser at aircraft near LaGuradia Airport (LGA) from a Bronx apartment in March plead guilty in court this week. Multiple pilots, including ones on three commercial aircraft and one police helicopter, claim they suffered eye injuries because of the $50 laser.

Elehecer Balaguer, 54, could face up to five years in prison if convicted. However, he has attributed his actions to mental illness, which could result in a shorter sentence.

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  1. Indelaware

    May 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Five years… For assaulting several pilots and risking the lives of 1000s…

    Likely will get only a few months, if that.

  2. SoCal

    May 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Do I remember correctly that when there was a U.S. Senate vote to make such actions a Federal crime, there was one vote against– Rand Paul, who said state laws were sufficient, as though airline pilots could choose which states to fly over?

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