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Virginia Woman Sentenced for Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft

On March 23, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Amanda Robinson to 12 months of probation and a $100 special assessment. On November 2, 2020, Robinson pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a police aircraft. The investigation revealed that on June 4, 2020, Robinson attended a demonstration in Richmond, Virginia, and used a laser pointer to illuminate a law enforcement aircraft flying overhead. Robinson struck the aircraft with the laser multiple times, causing the pilots to experience temporary blindness.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Richmond Police Department, and the Henrico County Police Division.