An East Meadow man was been sentenced Friday to 25-years-to-life prison for fatally shooting a stranger on a Hempstead street two years ago.

A Nassau County jury had convicted Herber Guzman of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Judge William Donnino also sentenced the 42-year-old man to time served for possession of crack cocaine.

Prosecutors said that Guzman was in his Kia Sportage on Marvin Street when he fired a shotgun into the abdomen of 46-year-old Stanley Cater at 4:30 a.m. on April 26, 2012.

Nassau County police identified the vehicle and Guzman as its owner, and Hempstead village police officers arrested him six days later during a routine traffic stop, authorities said.


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