It’s far from the free ride that Horace Moore originally wanted, but the Crown Heights man yesterday caught a break from a Brooklyn judge who sentenced him to 20 years to life for killing an MTA bus driver rather than the maximum 25 years to life.
The reduced sentenced for the December 2008 killing of Edwin Thomas visibly angered the driver’s family.
“If it was up to me, I’d give him the electric chair,” son, Jeffery, 20, reportedly said moments after the verdict was read.
Moore, 22, was convicted in October of murdering Thomas, stabbing him multiple times in front of horrified passengers after the 16-year MTA veteran refused to give him a free bus transfer.
Thomas had already allowed Moore to board his bus without paying a fare, but the two got into an argument over the transfer when Moore was stepping off the B46 at Malcolm X Boulevard and Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Moore yesterday apologized to Thomas’ family in court and asked for forgiveness.
“It was a big misunderstanding. I’m really sorry. I didn’t mean for nothing to happen that day,” Moore reportedly said.
The judge went on to say that in not issuing the maximum sentence, he hoped that Moore would indeed one day atone for the murder, according to an ABC7 Eyewitness News report.
Prior to the killing, Moore already had a prior criminal record, having been convicted for attempted murder after stabbing a friend in a monetary dispute.
Thomas, 46 and the father of two, was the first MTA bus driver killed in almost 30 years.