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Man convicted of pointing laser beam at police aircraft

July 25, 2012 |  9:00 pm

Map shows area where laser beams were spotted by an LAPD helicopter.A 23-year-old Los Angeles man was convicted Wednesday of pointing a green laser beam at a law enforcement aircraft as it flew over the USC area.

Floyd Atkins was convicted of one felony count of discharging laser at an aircraft. He was found not guilty of a second felony count of discharging a laser at an aircraft, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Atkins is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3 and faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail.

He was arrested last summer near East 29th and Paloma streets in Historic South-Central after the beams were spotted by a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter crew. 

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Map shows area where Floyd Atkins was arrested. Credit: Times Mapping L.A.

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