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Virginia Man Pleaded Guilty To Aiming a Laser Pointer at Police Aircraft

On January 12, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jonathan Wolverton pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a police aircraft. The investigation revealed that on June 25, 2020, Wolverton attended a demonstration in Richmond, Virginia, concealed himself in the crowd, and used a laser pointer to illuminate law enforcement aircraft flying overhead. Wolverton struck the aircraft with the laser multiple times, causing the pilots to experience temporary blindness.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from the FBI, the Richmond Police Department, and the Henrico County Police Division.