The man who murdered a cab driver at random was sentenced Monday, and it wasn’t what the family was hoping for.
The judge ended up cutting the killer a break by suspending part of his sentence.
In February of last year, Luke Waruszewski called for a cab to pick him up at a Smith’s parking lot near Coors and Central.
That’s when cab driver, Larry Mullin, came to pick him up.
At that point, Waruszewski stabbed and killed Mullin in a schizophrenic episode.
“Larry’s never going to know his children, and they’re too young, they’re not going to know him,” said Joe Gibbons.
During Monday’s sentencing hearing, Mullin’s friends and family pleaded to Judge Cristina Jaramillo to give Waruszewski the maximum sentence.
“Me and my children will rely on you, your honor. I know you understand the pain and suffering of a mother,” said Noeme Mullin.
Waruszewski addressed Mullin’s family right before the judge made her decision.
“Your honor, words cannot express the amount of sorrow in my heart,” he said.
Judge Jaramillo gave him the maximum sentence for the second-degree murder, but then gave him a break.
“He’ll be sentenced to 15 years, with the 3 years suspended on a condition of supervised probation,” said Judge Jaramillo.
That means Waruszewski will spend about 12 years behind bars.
“The justice system in New Mexico is horrific,” said Gibbons.
For Mullin’s best friend, this was not the outcome he wanted to hear.
“I can’t understand how you can murder somebody in cold blood, and then say you’re mentally ill, and get off with a few years,” Gibbons said.
Waruszewski struck a plea deal a couple months ago.
Mullin’s wife is suing the Yellow Cab Checker Company, claiming they could’ve done more to protect her husband on the job, like putting a divider in the cab.