Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Helicopter Downing Suspect Indicted; Jason Kerns Faces 5 Federal Charges.(Front Page)

BYLINE: CAROLYN CARLSON Journal Staff Writer

The man accused of shooting down a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department helicopter on Aug. 6 has been indicted on five counts in federal court.

Jason Kerns, 29, was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court on three counts of destruction of an aircraft or aircraft facilities and two counts of using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to the indictment, count one says Kerns willfully damaged an aircraft.

Count two says Kerns willfully attempted to perform an act of violence against Chris Holland, the pilot of the helicopter, by firing rifle shots at the helicopter. …

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