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Idaho man pleads guilty to shooting at helicopter

Idaho man pleads guilty to shooting at helicopter

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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:14 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a helicopter in October 2010, at one point telling authorities he was upset because the chopper was flying over an area where he was hunting.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that 58-year-old John E. Ross of Fernwood pleaded guilty Monday in Shoshone County District Court to felony interfering with or destruction of an aircraft.

Prosecutors allege Ross fired at least four shots at a helicopter that was monitoring controlled burn work on Potlatch Corp. land near Clarkia. Two shots hit the helicopter, including one that damaged housing for part of the helicopter's steering mechanism. The pilot was able to land the helicopter safely.

Court records say Ross also told authorities that he probably shot at the helicopter, but couldn't remember.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

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