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Idaho man pleads guilty to shooting at helicopter

Published On: Nov 20 2012 06:10:37 PM CST
LEWISTON, Idaho -

 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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