Man Gets 14 Years for Shooting Police Chopper

The helicopter was not hit by the gunfire.

A central Pennsylvania man has been ordered to spend more than 14 years in prison for firing a handgun at a Philadelphia police helicopter that shined its spotlight on him.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Butler was sentenced Thursday to 171 months for firing at the helicopter as it circled above a housing project in July 2008.

Officers in the helicopter were trying to locate suspects who were illegally riding all-terrain vehicles. The helicopter was not hit.

Butler was convicted in July of charges including interfering with a person operating an aircraft.

Butler's attorney said no one reported seeing his client fire the shots but officers say they took the still-warm gun from Butler's waistband.

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