Cab Driver Who Stabbed Fellow Cabbie to Death Gets 22 Years in Prison

Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 1:13 PM EDT
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Cab Driver Who Stabbed Fellow Cabbie to Death Gets 22 Years in Prison

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A cab driver who stabbed a fellow cabbie to death in a dispute over who got to pick up a fare on Long Island has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Christopher Heron, 37, was convicted last October in the August 2011 attack on William Mena, 33.

Prosecutors said that Heron stabbed Mena, a father of two boys, three times in the chest and abdomen in a Franklin Square parking lot.

The two men had been arguing after Heron accused Mena of stealing a fare that had been assigned to him hours earlier.

A Mena family spokesman gave a victim impact statement in court Monday, saying that the driver's family is "drained from the daily burden of reliving this sudden and sad life-changing moment."

The spokesman, Randolph Ford, said Mena's boys were robbed of the moments they should treasure with their father, like playing sports, learning right from wrong and learning wisdom and compassion.

"They will never have the security of knowing that their father believes in them or is proud of their future accomplishments," he said.

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