45-year-old Brenton Wells was sentenced to 15 months in prison and 3 years probation for aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft over the Chicago-Rockford International Airport, potentially blinding the pilots.
Wells faced a judge in federal court for standing in his backyard and aiming the beam at an aircraft flying over his house on December 6th, 2018.
Wells admitted to continue to aim the pointer at an aircraft even after it had moved past his house.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is consider a federal crime in the US. You can read how many incidents have taken Here.