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Man Convicted Of Firing Shots At Helicopter

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SHREVEPORT, La. - United States Attorney's announced Thursday that James Lamar Kelly, 61, of Sikes, La., was found guilty of three felony counts by a jury Wednesday night in federal court in Alexandria.

The three counts charged Kelly with endangering the safety of the pilot of a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter in flight, committing an act of violence against the pilot, and using a deadly and dangerous weapon to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate and interfere with the pilot.

The testimony at the two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Dee Drell showed that on Aug. 2, 2010, the Louisiana State Police and the Winn Parish Sheriff's Office were conducting a marijuana investigation in Winn Parish. The Louisiana Army National Guard helicopters based at Camp Beauregard in Pineville were also assisting with the investigation

On Shell Road near Sikes, La., one of these helicopters was fired upon by Kelly from the ground. He landed at the airport in Natchitoches and inspected the helicopter for damage. No bullet holes were found, and neither the pilot nor the trooper on board were injured.

Later, Kelly was arrested without incident. Police also recovered the 9 mm semiautomatic handgun that Kelly used to shoot at the helicopter.

Kelly is on bond and scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 14, for four offenses of conviction. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment on each count concerning the shots fired at the helicopter. The maximum sentence for theft of mail is five years imprisonment. Additionally, Kelly can be sentenced a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release on each charge and forfeiture of his firearm.

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