It took a jury one day to convict Herber Guzman of murder after he shot a stranger in the stomach with a shotgun in Hempstead last April, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.
Guzman, 42, faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, at approximately 4:30 a.m. on April 26, 2012, Guzman was in his white Kia Sportage on Marvin Street in Hempstead when he fired a shotgun into the abdomen of 46-year-old Stanley Cater.
During the investigation, Nassau County homicide detectives identified the vehicle and Guzman as its owner, and notified police officers in the area to be on the lookout for it.
Guzman was arrested six days later when he was stopped for a routine traffic violation by Hempstead Police. Officers found a small bag of crack cocaine in the vehicle and brought Guzman to police headquarters where he was ultimately arrested for Cater’s murder, according to the DA's office.