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O'Fallon Man Indicted For Pointing Laser at Helicopter

Michael Brandon Smith, 35, was indicted on one felony count of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.

An O'Fallon man is facing federal felonly charges for allegedly pointing a laser at a Metro St. Louis Air Support Police helicopter on May 18.

Michael Brandon Smith, 35, O’Fallon, 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 Thursday.  

If convicted, this charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.      

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

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