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Boardman man sentenced for flashing laser at medical helicopter

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Boardman man will not go to prison for flashing laser light at a medical helicopter landing at a Valley hospital.  A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced 34-year old Travis
Krzysztofiak
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Krzysztofiak to three years probation for aiming the beam of a laser pointer at the helicopter as it approached Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman on June 15 of last year.

Krzysztofiak could have faced up to five years in prison and fined as much as $250,000.

Krzysztofiak pleaded guilty earlier to violating a provision of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that makes it a federal offense to shine a laser pointer at an aircraft or it's flight path.

The statute was enacted in response to a growing number of incidents of pilots being distracted or even temporarily blinded by laser beams.

Krzysztofiak is subject to nine months home monitoring and must perform 200 hours community service.

In addition, he must submit to regular drug and alcohol testing and take part in a detoxification program.

In a similar case, Nicholas Vecchiarelli of  Hubbard awaits trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for allegedly pointing a laser at a news helicopter covering high school football games in October.

A camera operator from a Cleveland television station tells police that he saw the green laser light several times as his helicopter flew over the Hubbard area.




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