A Queens man was
sentenced to 22 years to life in prison Monday for murdering a fellow taxi
driver in a Franklin Square parking
lot after the two men had argued hours earlier over a disputed fare.
Christopher Heron, 37,
of Springfield Gardens, was convicted by a jury of murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree last
According to Nassau County District
Attorney Kathleen Rice, just
after midnight on Aug. 12, 2011, Heron stabbed 33-year-old Queens resident William
Mena three times in the chest and abdomen
in Town of Hempstead municipal
parking lot No. 7 in Franklin Square before fleeing the scene.
Before the attack, Rice said the two men -- both cab
drivers for Ollie’s Taxi in Franklin Square -- were arguing about an
incident a few hours earlier when Heron accused the victim of stealing a
fare that had been assigned to him.
Mena was pronounced dead
at the scene with perforations to the left lung, aorta, trachea and
inferior vena cava, Rice said.
Heron left his cab in the lot after fleeing the
scene, but turned himself in later that night, Rice said.
Video surveillance footage from a nearby residence captured the murder.
“This defendant turned a
dispute between co-workers into a brutal attack that will forever
affect the families of both men,” Rice said. “While no sentence can ever
bring the victim back, I hope Mr. Mena’s family
finds solace in knowing that his killer will spend a very long time in
prison reflecting on all the pain he has caused.”