Missouri man gets six years for shooting at crop dusting plane

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A southwest Missouri man faces more than six years in prison for shooting at a small aircraft he claimed was interfering with his sleep.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a release that David Leroy Dickenson, 39, of Miller was sentenced Tuesday to six and a half years in prison without parole. Dickenson also has to pay the aircraft owner about $17,500.

Dickenson pleaded guilty last year to destruction of an aircraft.

Court documents show that in December 2014 Dickenson was angry that a low-flying plane spraying herbicide was interrupting his day-time sleep.

He went outside with a shotgun and shot at the plane.

The pilot wasn’t injured, and safely landed the plane, which had several buckshot holes in it.