Prescott man guilty of felonies for aiming laser pointer at helicopter
A jury found a man guilty of two counts of endangerment Thursday after he pointed a handheld laser pointer at a DPS helicopter responding to a late-night burglary in Prescott last December.
The jury found Clint Jason Brenner, 36, of Prescott guilty of two counts of endangerment, each a class 6 felony, and also found each was a dangerous offense, said Penny Cramer, administrative assistant in the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge William Kiger will sentence Brenner at 2:30 p.m. on May 24.
Brenner faces a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of three years in prison for each count, Cramer said.
At 9 p.m. Dec. 2, 2009, Prescott police answered a call about two men with a knife and a rifle robbing the GameStop on Gail Gardner Way.
Prescott police officers arrived at the scene only minutes after the robbery had occurred and established a perimeter because they weren't sure if the suspects were still inside the store, said Lt. Ken Morley with the Prescott Police Department.
Officers heard sounds that might have been the suspects walking on the roof, so they called the Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter to search the rooftop, Morley said, but it did not spot anyone.
The Ranger helicopter pulled away from its mission twice when the green laser light struck its windshield, causing glare that for an instant blinded the pilot in one eye, putting the pilot and crew member in danger.
The Ranger helicopter spotlighted Brenner's home, about a mile away in the 700 block of Flora Street, as the source of the green laser light.
When officers interviewed Brenner, they found a green laser, Morley said.
Police booked Brenner into the county jail on charges of two counts of endangerment.