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October 31, 2011

Garland man charged in laser pointing incident at Love Field

The U.S. Attorney's office said it has charged Sammy Don Ladymon, Jr., with "interference with an aircraft" as he allegedly shined a laser at an aircraft heading for Love Field on June 2.

It is the first case in North Texas where someone has been charged in a laser pointing incident. Ladymon, a Garland resident, was arrested on Oct. 21 and has been released on bond. His trial is set for December 19, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

"Ladymon interfered with persons engaged in the authorized operation of an aircraft in the vicinity of Dallas and Garland, Texas, with a reckless disregard for the safety of human life — he allegedly shined a laser at an aircraft," the office said in a press release.

If he is convicted, the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

-Andrea Ahles

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Patrick

Hopefully this man will be made an example of and locked up for maximum time and forced to pay the maximum fine..... what a jackass!

Ray

After watching an interview with him on the local news last night I have to agree! He maintained that the laser could not possibly harm the aircraft or it's operation and the flights near his house were annoying him...so he felt justified in illuminating the aircraft with his laser.

AAer

Ray, are you serious? Love Field was there long before Ladymon lived there, and he knew about the flight paths. He can move. Try shining a laser into your own eyes if it is so harmless. If you really want to get a sense of what the pilots are concerned about, do it while you are driving 60 mph on I35. My thought is that this can be construed as an act of terrorism and should be prosecuted as such.

Dan

AAer, are you serious? This guy is ignorant but not a terrorist. Come'on.. I hope you dont really feel this way. Just think when you did something stupid, would you want to go to prison for a long time? The guy was probably charges appropriately. Idiot - yes, terrorist, god no.

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Ray

I forget which TV news I was watching that aired his comments, but I am definately serious about what he said. Terrorist is a bit of a stretch, idiot is absolutely not! I believe the charges are federal...interfering with a flight crew in the performance of their duties...but I could be mistaken. I would imagine there are some criminal mischief or other local charges that could be brought as well but a federal sentence might make the laser illuminating folks wake up!

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