7 years in prison over $2 subway fare that led to handgun charge

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A man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison, after he was stopped for not paying his $2 subway fare. The sentence sounds a little extreme, but upon being searched, cops found Ruben Sanabria to be carrying an illegal handgun, which also happened to be loaded.

According to the New York Post, police say they saw Sanabria hop a turnstile  and after they chased him down, the weapon was found in his waistband. He also had extra bullets and a holster.

Sanabria pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Cyrus Vance Jr., a Manhattan district attorney, believes 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," he says. He picked the wrong day to not pay his two bucks.
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