A Hispanic man was sentenced Monday to 7 years in prison after he decided to skip out on a $2 subway fare cost. According to the NY Post, the ruling came after the man, Rubén Sanabria, 37, pleaded guilty last December to criminal weapons possession in the second degree.
A statement from the district attorney's office says that the arrest occurred in March 2012 when two police officers saw Sanabria jump the turnstiles of the PATH station on 14th Street in Manhattan without paying his ticket.
When police confronted the man, they saw that he had a gun in his waistband, so they asked him to put his hands on the wall. Sanabria tried to flee, and in the process he dropped the 40-caliber Smith & Wesson.
One officer picked up the gun and the other chased and arrested Sanabria, who had additional ammunition on him. Here's what Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. had to say about the incident,
“This defendant illegally carried a loaded semiautomatic firearm into a public transportation system used by thousands of people every day.
Preventing gun violence is one of my top priorities as district attorney, and I will make sure that this office continues to seek strong sentences for crimes involving firearms."
If the man had paid the $2 subway fare cost, authorities probably would have never discovered the gun and he would be in the free world. However, the man's foolish actions gets him 7 years in prison over $2.