23-YEAR-OLD BRONX MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A LIVERY CAB DRIVER

Date: 2013-01-04
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Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced today the conviction of a 23-year- old man in the shooting death of a livery cab driver on Sunday, May 10, 2009.




(Media-Newswire.com) - Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced today the conviction of a 23-year- old man in the shooting death of a livery cab driver on Sunday, May 10, 2009.

The jury convicted Francisco Santos on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death of 37-year-old Roberto Pita after deliberating for three days. Santos, of 31 West Tremont Avenue, the Bronx, is facing a maximum sentence of up to 25 years to life imprisonment.

Santos is being held without bail and is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, January 18, 2013 in State Supreme Court, Part T22, before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Megan Tallmer.

Santos, a passenger in a livery car that was being driven by the victim, allegedly shot Pita multiple times causing his death. The shooting occurred by a school yard in the rear of 40 West Tremont Avenue, after what Santos characterized as a fare dispute.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Felicity Lung of the Trial Bureau.