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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