The man who stabbed a bus driver over a $2 fare dispute two years ago was found guilty of murder today. Horace Moore, an ex-con with at least eight arrests in the last decade, was convicted of killing Edwin Thomas on a B46 bus in December 2008. “If it was up to me, I’d give him the electric chair...I don’t want to get into what I’d like to do to him,” said Edwin Thomas' son Jeffery.
The dispute was over an invalid Metrocard; Moore, 22, demanded a transfer when his card wasn't working, and Thomas, 46, refused. Moore punched him in retaliation, but when Thomas kicked him off and tried to keep him from getting back on the bus, Moore jumped on and stabbed him in the heart and the stomach in front of the other passengers. Moore ran but was quickly caught by police. “My client did not mean to kill the driver. I think his temper just got the best of him. He should have been charged with manslaughter,” Moore's attorney James Layton Koeing said after the verdict.
Moore, who will be sentenced in two weeks, had prior arrests for stabbing a friend in a dispute over $100, and for carrying a knife on the subway. His second-degree murder conviction comes with a 25-to-life sentence. MTA workers and family members were mostly satisfied with the ruling: “I think this verdict will make people think twice about assaulting a bus driver. We just can’t let things like this happen," said Walter Watson, 45, who drives a bus in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.