Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:37 AM by Associated Press
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man has been sentenced to 1½ years in federal prison for shooting into a crop duster as the plane sprayed a neighbor's fields.
Prosecutors in Lubbock on Monday announced 69-year-old James R. Cate of Talpa (TAL'-puh) must also pay $297,000 in restitution. Cate in November pleaded guilty to making a threat to an aircraft in the February 2012 incident that left the plane heavily damaged.
Investigators say Cate fired into the air to try to keep the chemical-dumping plane away from his fields.
One round hit the propeller, went through the engine cowling and into the chemical hopper. A bullet fragment tore through the leg of the pilot's pants. The pilot wasn't injured.
Cate was sentenced Friday and must report to prison April 12.
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