A Queens man was sentenced Monday to 22 years to life in prison for killing a fellow taxi cab driver in Franklin Square following an argument over a disputed fare two years ago.

Christopher Heron had been convicted in October at Nassau County court of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors said the 37-year-old Springfield Gardens man stabbed the victim, William Mena, 33, of Queens, three times in the chest and abdomen just after midnight on Aug. 12, 2011.

Heron and the victim were both cab drivers for Ollie’s Taxi. Heron had accused the victim of stealing a fare that had been assigned to him.

Mena was pronounced dead at the scene. Heron turned himself after initially fleeing the scene.

The slaying was captured on a nearby residential surveillance camera.



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