Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of RUBEN SANABRIA, 37, to 7 years in state prison and 3 ½ years of post-release supervision, for possessing an illegal loaded semi-automatic pistol at the 14th Street PATH train station in Manhattan. On December 10, 2012, SANABRIA pleaded guilty to the top charge in the indictment, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.
“This defendant illegally carried a loaded semi-automatic firearm into a public transportation system used by thousands of people every day,” said District Attorney Vance. “The officers who apprehended him did so at great personal risk. 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.”
As admitted during his guilty plea and according documents filed in court, at approximately 4:25 a.m. on March 30, 2012, two New York City police officers approached SANABRIA after witnessing him jump over a turnstile to get into the PATH station at 14th Street in Manhattan without paying the fare. As the officers spoke with SANABRIA, they noticed him reach for his waistband. When the officers instructed him to put his hands against the wall, SANABRIA instead ran down the train station’s platform, pulled out a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol loaded with 8 cartridges, and threw it to the ground. One of the officers picked up the pistol, while the other caught the defendant. The officers also found a holster and additional bullets on the defendant.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl handled the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Armand Durastanti, Chief of Trial Bureau 40.