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Man sentenced for threatening driver at gas station after Sandy

A Queens man who pulled gun out and threatened a driver in a gas station following Superstorm Sandy was sentenced to 14 years in prison, it was announced on Thursday.

Sean M. Bailey, 38, of St. Albans was charged and convicted in June of e criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

"Superstorm Sandy stands as one of the worse natural disasters to strike our city in recent memory," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown in a statement. "In its aftermath, the vast majority of New Yorkers behaved decently and commendable, though there were random instances, such as in this case, where the defendant refused to play by the rules and chose instead to behave like a bully in order to get what he wanted."

On Nov. 1, 2012, Bailey pulled up to a gas station in Astoria and cut in line in front it Ali El Rida, 29. He then exited his car and pulled out a .25 caliber pistol and said "If you don't pull back, you're not getting gas tonight," according to the district attorney's office.

El Rida called 911 and Bailey was arrested at the gas station.

(Karina E. Cuevas)

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