Boardman man charged with aiming laser pointer at medical helicopter
A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Travis D. Krzysztofiak, age 34, of Boardman, Ohio, with aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment charges that on or about June 15, 2013, Krzysztofiak aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a medical helicopter on approach to Akron’s Children’s Hospital in Boardman, Ohio.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigaton and the Boardman Police Department. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.