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Nevada Man Sentenced In Helicopter Laser Light Case

A 30-year-old southern Nevada man has been sentenced to federal prison for pointing a blue laser light at a Las Vegas police helicopter in January. 

James David Zipf was sentenced to two years in prison by a U.S. District Judge in Las Vegas after pleading guilty in June to one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

Prosecutors dropped five other charges stemming from additional incidents in January and February.

Zipf moved to Henderson, Nevada last year from Phoenix, where he was also convicted in 2011 of pointing a laser at police helicopters.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says the judge ordered Zipf to report to prison by December 30.

He's also been ordered to serve three years of supervised release and get mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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