A man just got seven years in prison over a $2.25 fare that he didn't pay. It seems almost unbelievable, but the case has just played out terribly wrong for a Manhattan PATH rider. According to a report from Tuesday (Feb. 12), though, there is much more to the story than simply refusing to pay the fare.
Ruben Sanabria tried to beat his fare by hoping over a turnstile to get on the Manhattan subway at the 14th Street station on March 30. Two cops saw what was taking place and quickly grabbed him after he had jumped over the turnstile. It was then that they found a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson in his waistband. Not only that; he was carrying extras ammunition on his person as well.
Sanabria ended up pleading guilty to possession of a weapon in the second degree and could have ended up with as many as 15 years in prison. The judge gave him seven years and another 3 1/2 years on parole instead.
Speaking about what had taken place, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. stated that, "This defendant illegally carried a loaded semiautomatic firearm into a public transportation system used by thousands of people every day." Now Ruben Sanabria goes down as the man who got seven years in prison over a $2.25 subway fare he should have just paid.
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