A state appeals court threw out subway gunman Bernhard Goetz's six-month jail sentence and ordered the judge in the case to resentence him on the weapons possession charge stemming from his 1984 shooting of four youths.

Goetz, whose case symbolized New Yorkers' frustration with crime, faces at least a minimum one-year sentence as a result of the ruling Tuesday by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.

The court ruled that the judge in the celebrated trial improperly gave Goetz the sentence of six months in jail and 5 years probation for illegal weapons possession.

State law mandates that the sentence be a year in jail.