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article imageClark Gable's grandson enters guilty plea for pointing laser

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Dec 8, 2011 in Crime
Los Angeles - The grandson of legendary film star Clark Gable pleaded guilty on Thursday to pointing a laser at a police helicopter circling above Hollywood last summer.
Clark James Gable, 23, entered a guilty plea on Thursday in exchange for less jail time.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Gable agreed to plea guilty to one felony count of discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft in order to have two other felony charges dropped.
Gable is only expected to be required to serve 10 days in jail and 200 hours of community service with a CalTrans work crew when he is sentenced in January. He may also have to pay restitution.
On the night of July 28, Gable was riding in a car with a friend while traveling through Hollywood. For an unknown reason, Gable decided to point a 52-milliwatt laser light at a helicopter overhead. He flashed the laser three different times. The glare from the light temporarily blinded two LAPD officers who were in the chopper.
Authorities were able to trace the laser coming from a small red car driving in the vicinity of Franklin and Highland Ave. The car was soon pulled over and Gable was arrested.
Charges were not filed against Gable's friend, who was driving the car, because there was lack of evidence proving that he knew about Gable was pointing the laser while he was driving.
Gable told CBS Los Angeles:
“It was a misunderstanding, you know, people make mistakes and you learn from them. (The laser) was just a gift that I got, and people make mistakes and that’s the bottom line. I’m going to learn from it and hopefully others will.”
Gable could have faced up to 3 years in prison had he not accepted the plea deal.
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