Even as a Nassau judge sentenced him to 25 years in prison Monday, Josiah Galloway continued to maintain that he was not the man who shot a Hempstead cabdriver in the face last year.

"This is the scariest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life," Galloway told Judge Alan Honorof, his voice breaking with emotion. "I sit in jail sometimes and I just ask myself, 'How could this be happening to me?' "

But Honorof said that after sitting through Galloway's trial, there was no doubt in his mind that the jury had made a sound decision. He gave Galloway, 23, of Hempstead the maximum possible sentence.

"This is one of the most premeditated attempted murder cases that the court has ever seen," Honorof said.

Galloway sat with his shoulders bowed deeply as Honorof spoke, slowly shaking his head.

Prosecutors said Galloway and a different cabdriver had gotten into an argument on West Columbia and Main streets in Hempstead on May 15, 2008, after Galloway got angry that the other driver was double-parked. After the man moved his car, Galloway got out of his car and began yelling and cursing at a group of cabdrivers before getting back in his car and leaving.

He returned 10 minutes later, pulled up alongside the victim's taxicab parked in front of the Hempstead Long Island Rail Road station, and shot him in the jaw, prosecutors said. The victim suffered multiple fractures, and the loss of several teeth and part of his jaw bone, as well as massive and permanent facial scarring, prosecutors said.

"This defendant had every opportunity to walk away," said Prosecutor Robert Schalk. "In fact, he did walk away before coming back again.

"He chose to do what I can only describe as cold-blooded violence," Schalk said.

Honorof agreed, saying he considers Galloway a danger to society. Galloway's lawyer, Fred Brewington of Hempstead, vowed to appeal.

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