Missouri Man Convicted in Helo Attack

 - January 23, 2008, 9:21 AM

Jimmie Leroy Shriver, 53, of Summersville, Miss., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple last month to spend nearly 13.5 years in federal prison without parole for shooting at and hitting a Missouri Guard Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The court also ordered Shriver to pay more than $11,000 in restitution to repair damage to the helicopter. Shriver was arrested on Sept. 3, 2002, after shooting at a Missouri National Guard helicopter that was flying over his residence, Graves said. The helicopter, piloted by a Missouri National Guardsman and carrying a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper as a passenger, was damaged when a bullet passed through one blade of the main rotor. A second bullet struck and passed through the metal cowling enclosing some of the hydraulic parts, leaving a bullet hole in the cowling about two feet from the pilot’s head. Shriver shot at the helicopter with a Winchester .308 rifle and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, local prosecutors said.