ALBANY, N.Y. – The teenager who pleaded guilty to stabbing a New York State Trooper in the neck was sentenced to 30 years in State Prison on Thursday.
Eighteen-year-old Eric Green pleaded guilty in July to attempted murder and robbery. Green stabbed an on-duty State Trooper in the neck at the Empire State Plaza concourse in March.
Authorities said Green told Trooper Rodney Smith he was homeless and needed a place to stay. Green attacked when Smith then asked the teen for his ID to check for outstanding warrants.
"A brief struggle ensued with the trooper able to fend off the assailant, but he also suffered an additional puncture wound to the right side of his neck, his face, and numerous superficial wounds to hands and arms," a press release from the State Police said at the time.
Green then fled the scene taking Trooper Smith's portable radio with him. Smith was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
Green was also sentenced to 10 years post release surpervision.
Trooper Smith gave a brief victim impact statement at Thursday's sentencing. He stated "I hope that he, that the time he spends in incarceration he can reflect on the mistakes he's made and when he gets out he can make a positive contribution to society and not a threat to society."