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Rockford man admits aiming laser pointer at aircraft

August 21, 2019

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to pointing a laser pointer at an aircraft.

Forty-five-year old Brenton Wells entered the plea Tuesday in Rockford federal court. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced, scheduled to occur on Dec. 10.

Prosecutors say Wells was standing in the backyard of a Rockford home Dec. 6 and knowingly aimed a laser pointer at the aircraft as it flew overhead.

The laser beam can cause temporary blindness for the flight crew of any aircraft.

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