Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
An Orlando man could face no less than 5 years in federal prison for the crime of pointing a laser into the cockpit of a Seminole County sheriff's helicopter.
ORLANDO, FL (Catholic Online) - Dimitry Maksimchuk, 23, pointed the laser at the helicopter on July 17.
Pointing lasers at aircraft causes temporary blindness and is considered a serious crime.
Pointing a laser at a sheriff's helicopter is a swift way to get caught, since they can immediately trace the origin of the laser and track a perpetrator using infrared cameras. In other words, once you do it, it's impossible to escape.
Although nobody was injured in the incident, those convicted can face fines of up to $250,000 and five years in prison.
The most common motive for these crimes is curiosity as people want to test how powerful their lasers are, and what will happen when they point them at aircraft.
Curiosity should be satiated now that the most common result for the crime appears to be prison time.
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