A skipped $2.25 PATH train fare turned into seven years behind bars for a New York City man. But it wasn't Ruben Sanabria's refusal to pay that did him in, it's what police found when they caught him.
The 37-year-old Sanabria was pulled aside after cops watched him hop a subway turnstile at Manhattan's 14th Street station to avoid paying the PATH train fare.
Officers found an illegal semi-automatic handgun with no serial number lodged in the waistband of his pants. He was also carrying extra bullets and a holster, the New York Post
Sanabria was convicted of carrying the loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
Considering the maximum sentence in New York for the crime is 15 years, Sanabria got a light sentence with seven years in prison and 3.5 years of parole.
The prosecutor in the case told The Post that 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,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. 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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