26-year-old man pleads guilty to pointing laser at KCMO police helicopter pilot


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to aiming his laser pointer at a Kansas City, Mo, Police Department helicopter.

Jordon Clarence Rogers, 26, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty, admitting he aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a Kansas City, Mo., Police Department helicopter on Oct. 8, 2013. Rogers struck the helicopter three times with a green laser light. He twice hit the eye of one of the pilots, causing eye strain that lasted for hours after the incident.

Under federal statutes, Rogers is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This casewas investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Casey.