NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The man accused of killing a city bus driver over a two dollar fare learned his fate Thursday.
One by one, bus drivers filed into the courtroom for the memory of Edwin Thomas, their colleague who was killed in 2008 by an irate passenger in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Once inside, they waited less than a minute before learning that Horace Moore was found guilty of second-degree murder, CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey reported.
“I feel that justice has been served and that now, all of us are happy that this guy is given what he deserved,” the victim’s daughter Edley Thomas said.
Thomas had let Moore board his bus even though he didn’t pay a fare. When Moore left the bus and demanded a free transfer, Thomas put his foot down and refused — sending Moore into a rage.
“There is no question in my mind that when he went back on that bus, he had one purpose and that was to take the life of Edwin Thomas,” Assistant District Attorney Julie Rendelman said.
Authorities said Moore stabbed Thomas multiple times in front of horrified passengers.
Moore’s children are now left with only the memories of the father they loved so much.
“Me and my brother, we’re never able to see our dad and how he smiles at anything anymore,” Edley Thomas said, “my father never had a problem with anyone.”
Thomas’ children were relieved knowing Moore was going away for years, but questioned whether justice could have been better served.
“If it was me, I’d give him the chair. I feel like he deserves the chair because he took my father’s life,” the victim’s son Jeffrey Thomas said.
Moore faces 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing.