Minnesota Man Charged with Aiming Laser Pointer at Aircraft

2 mins read
1W powerful green laser pointer

MADISON, WIS. – A Rochester, Minnesota man is charged with 2 counts of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at aircraft, announced Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

The indictment, which was returned on January 26, 2022 by a grand jury sitting in Madison, Wisconsin, charges Nicholas James Link, 42.  The indictment alleges that on October 29, 2021, Link aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a Delta Airlines commercial aircraft and at a Minnesota State Patrol aircraft.  The indictment alleges that he did so while in Wisconsin. 

The indictment was unsealed yesterday.  Link’s initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison has not been scheduled. 

If convicted, Link faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minnesota State Patrol, and River Falls (Wisconsin) Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Stephan is handling the prosecution.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

More than 200 law enforcement officers died by suicide in 2019.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline may be reached at 1-800-273-8255 and provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.  We are HERE for law enforcement, HELP is a phone call away, and above all there is always HOPE.


Learn More


Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative to reduce gun violence and violent crime in neighborhoods across the country. 


Learn More

Victim Witness Assistance

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect


Learn More

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.


Learn More

Wisconsin Alliance, For Drug Endangered Children

Learn how you can help drug endangered children


Learn More