A Manhattan PATH rider was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison — and another 3 1/2 years’ parole — after cops stopped him for fare-beating and discovered an illegal handgun.
Ruben Sanabria, 37, was caught with a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson at the 14th Street station March 30.
Two cops grabbed him after they saw him hop the turnstile, and quickly found the weapon in his waistband.
Sanabria was also carrying extra bullets and a holster.
He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, which has a maximum sentence up to 15 years.
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said 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.”
Uh, Mr. Vance? The crime here was fare beating, and didn’t involve a firearm. I’d like to think there was more to this case than merely carrying a gun “in a place used by thousands of people every day” an act that can be done with impunity in most other states at, say, shopping malls. That football player, Plaxico Something, was sentenced to a year in prison for the same crime, and the public was told he’d received such a harsh sentence ‘to send a message”. What makes this poor jamoke a better poster child? Is the back story here a prior history of violent crime convictions or is it Newtown? It makes a difference; to me, if not to NYC’s publicity-crazed district attorney.