An East Meadow man who fatally shot a stranger in the stomach was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday, the Nassau district attorney's office said.
A jury in October convicted Herber Guzman, 42, of second-degree murder in the April 2012 Hempstead street shooting of Stanley Cater, 46, four blocks from where the victim's son was killed in 2008.
Guzman was also found guilty of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, crack cocaine, and was sentenced to time served for that misdemeanor.
"This sentence ensures that this defendant will not pose a threat to the community for a very long time, and that he will be held accountable for the senseless killing of his victim," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a news release.
Guzman was in his white Kia Sportage on Marvin Street at 4:30 a.m. April 26 when he fired at Cater, a carpenter, before taking off.
Nassau homicide detectives were able to identify the vehicle and Guzman as the owner and sent out an alert to police. Guzman was nabbed six days later after Hempstead Village police stopped him for a routine violation, prosecutors said.
The guilty verdict came after a three-week trial in which the defense argued that Guzman was not the shooter.
After his conviction, Guzman's sentencing was delayed twice when he raised issues with the judge, including a request for a new lawyer.