O’Fallon Man Gets Home Confinement, Probation For Pointing Laser At Aircraft

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OFALLON, MO — (KPLR) – A St. Charles County man will spend the next two months on home confinement and the next two years on probation.

Michael Brandon Smith, formerly of O’Fallon, Mo., was sentenced Thursday for pointing a laser at an aircraft.

Court documents state the incident happened around 10 p.m. May 18, 2012 while a St. Louis Metro Air Support helicopter was responding to a report of a burglary in progress near 200 Meriwether in St. Charles County.

When the beam hit the helicopter’s glass, the pilot couldn’t see and had to pull away from the scene.  Authorities later traced the source of the beam to the 2700 block of Red Cedar Parc Drive in O’Fallon. The pilot and a passenger saw Smith standing in his driveway with the laser. When police arrived, he was still holding the laser in his hand.

In November. Smith pleaded guilty to one felony count of aiming a beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.  He was sentenced Thursday to two months home confinement, two years probation and 40 hours of community service.

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