NY transit impostor sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who has been arrested 29 times for transit crimes has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison for his latest caper.

Darius McCollum was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing a Trailways bus in 2010. He was caught behind the wheel on the highway leading to Kennedy Airport.

McCollum’s lawyer says his problems are the result of uncontrolled impulses. Both prosecutors and his lawyer say it’s a byproduct of what was until recently called Asperger’s syndrome but is now considered an autism spectrum disorder.

McCollum has volunteered to undergo therapy to try to break the cycle. He is hoping he will be paroled.

At age 15, McCollum piloted a subway train six stops without anyone noticing.

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