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Alabama Individual Sentenced for Aiming Laser Pointer at Aircraft

On November 16, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama sentenced Kevin Neslund to 24 months of probation and a $100 special assessment. In August 2023, Neslund pleaded guilty to knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a Dale County, Alabama Sheriff's Office helicopter, jeopardizing the safety of police officers and the public in Slocomb, Alabama.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Sheriff’s Offices of Dale and Geneva County, Alabama, with assistance from FAA.