Grand Island man convicted of laser assault
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (Nebraska) – A Grand Island man was given probation after police said he aimed a powerful laser at one of their officers.
According to Hall County District Court documents, 21-year-old Lakota Hawkes was sentenced to two years probation and 10 days in jail, with two days credit for time served.
Hawkes was convicted of third-degree assault. This charge was reduced from the original felony charge of 2nd degree assault on an officer. In December, he pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge.
The case stems from an incident on June 4, when an agent reported that Hawkes had aimed a laser at him twice and impaired his vision. Police said the officer experienced blurring in his vision, pain in his eyes and headaches. It’s unclear whether the laser caused any further damage.
Grand Island Police said the laser used was powerful enough to start fires. A typical laser pointer is rated at 5 milliwatts. The laser used on June 4 was 50,000 milliwatts, 10,000 times stronger.
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