Miller Man Sentenced For Shooting @ Airplane
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Miller, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for shooting at an airplane.
David Leroy Dickenson, 39, of Miller, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to six years and six months in federal prison without parole. In addition, Dickenson must pay restitution of $17,500 to the owner of the aircraft.
On Sept. 11, 2015, Dickenson pleaded guilty to destruction of an aircraft.
According to court documents, on Dec. 3, 2014, Dickenson, angry that a low-flying plane was keeping him from sleeping during the day, went outside with a 20-gauge shotgun and shot at the plane. The pilot of the plane, a 1997 S2R 510 Thrush, was spraying herbicide on a field near Miller when he saw Dickenson near the field he was spraying.
When the pilot landed, airport employees inspected the airplane and located buckshot holes through the rear elevator of the plane and several holes in the airplane’s cowling.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison. It was investigated by the FBI.