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Texan Gets Prison for Shooting into Crop Duster




    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 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.