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St. Charles County man indicted for pointing a laser at an aircraft

June 28, 2012

St. Louis, MO - MICHAEL BRANDON SMITH, O’Fallon, Missouri, was indicted for allegedly pointing a laser at Metro St. Louis Air Support Police helicopter on May 18, 2012.

Smith was indicted by a federal grand jury June 6 on one felony count of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft. The indictment was sealed until the arrest of the defendant earlier today.

If convicted, this charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the O’Fallon Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Howard Marcus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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