An East Meadow man was convicted Thursday on murder charges for allegedly shooting a stranger with a shotgun last year, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
Herber Guzman, 42, was convicted Oct. 3 on second-degree murder and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges. He now faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 22.
According to prosecutors, Guzman fired a gunshot from his Kia Sportage into the abdomen of a 46-year-old man on April 26, 2012. The victim – Stanley Carter – died along Marvin Street.
Homicide detectives tracked down Guzman after identifying his car and alerting fellow officers to be on the hunt for the vehicle. Cops found him six days later when he was pulled over by Hempstead Village police officers for a routine traffic infraction. Prosecutors said police found a small bag of crack cocaine inside his car.
During the three-week trial, Guzman’s lawyer argued that he was not the shooter, a news release said. His Garden City-based attorney, Joseph LoPiccolo, could not be reached Thursday evening for comment.
“This senseless killing shows the incredible danger this defendant poses to the community and today’s verdict will help ensure that Mr. Guzman is no longer able to endanger the public,” said DA Rice.