NEW YORK — Subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz will be sentenced today by state Supreme Court Justice Stephen Crane for criminal possession of a weapon.
The thin, bespectacled electronics specialist, who shot and wounded four young men with his silver pistol on a Manhattan subway train Dec. 22, 1984, after one of them demanded $5, faces up to seven years in prison.
The felony charge carries a minimum sentence of probation. In six out of 10 cases, defendants do not get jail time for the crime.
The Probation Department has recommended that Goetz, who is free on $5,000 bail, not go to jail but suggested that he be ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling.