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.