A man with a long history of psychological problems who stabbed a young boy five times in the back at a restaurant video arcade was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison.
Evan Sachs, 23, pleaded guilty in July to attempted murder and assault in a Long Island courtroom, admitting he plunged a 4-inch hunting knife five times into the boy's back at a Dave & Buster's restaurant in Westbury last October.
The boy, who is now 9, survived the attack.
"I am very sorry. I would give anything to undo what I did," Sachs told Nassau County Court Judge Jerald Carter in July.
Police said Sachs had been stalking potential young victims at Long Island shopping malls for weeks before the stabbing. He was arrested moments after injuring the boy, who was playing video games at the time.
The boy's parents were only several feet away, but Sachs apparently waited until they were momentarily distracted to begin assaulting him, police said.
He had a note in his pocket that indicated he had been planning to kill a child.
Sachs, who worked as a movie theater usher, has been treated for psychological problems since he was 4, defense attorney Michael Soshnick said.