The grandson of the late actor Clark Gable was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail and three years of probation for shining a laser at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter last summer.
On July 28, 2011, Clark James Gable pointed a green laser at a police chopper hovering hundreds of feet above Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Authorities traced the light to a vehicle the then-22-year-old was riding in. The driver of that vehicle was not charged.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz gave Gable, of Canoga Park, credit for one day already served.
In exchange for his guilty plea last month to the felony count of discharge of a laser at an occupied aircraft, Deputy District Attorney Holly Harpham asked that two additional felony charges of discharge of a laser and one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury be dismissed.
The 52-milliwatt laser light -- which has a range of more than 1,000 feet in altitude -- obstructed the vision of two LAPD officers in the helicopter, Harpham said.