Trying to skip out on a $2.25 subway fare cost a man more than he bargained for, according to a Feb. 12 New York Post report.
The publication reports that a Manhattan PATH rider Ruben Sanabria was sentenced to seven years in prison on Feb. 11 for skipping out on fares and possessing an illegal handgun.
The 37-year-old was caught in possession of a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson at the 14th Street station March 30. He was reportedly arrested by two police officers who grabbed him as he tried to hop over the metro turnstile. It was during this arrest for “fare beating” that the weapon that would land him in jail was discovered. In addition to the weapon found in his waistband, he was carrying extra bullets.
He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, which has a maximum sentence up to 15 years. According to Manhattan District Attorney Cryrus Vance, Jr., Sanabria got what he deserved.
“This defendant illegally carried a loaded semiautomatic firearm into a public transportation system used by thousands of people every day,” Vance said. “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.”
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