Published: Jan 22, 2011 7:36 PM EST
Updated: Jan 22, 2011 4:38 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been convicted of firing shots at an Orange County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

A jury found 26-year-old Jason Dennis McGuire guilty Friday of attempted destruction of an aircraft and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He faces up to 10 years in prison at his April sentencing.

Authorities say deputies were responding to a call for shots fired at McGuire's home March 2010 when McGuire reportedly fired at the helicopter.

McGuire says he wasn't shooting at the helicopter. He testified that he had been planning to commit suicide with the gun, but changed his mind. He said he was firing into the air and at a tree in his driveway because he didn't want a loaded weapon in his house.

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