Cabbie Stabber Cites Alcoholic Rock Bottom at Hate-Crime Sentencing

NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: People hold up signs at a news conference outside of City Hall while Ahmed Sharif, 43, a taxi driver originally from Bangladesh, spoke about aan attack on him earlier this week that was instigated by his religious faith on August 26, 2010 in New York City. Sharif, a Muslim originally from Bangladesh, was attacked with a knife while driving his cab by a man who denounced his religion. Michael Enright, a 21-year-old film student at the School of Visual Arts who had recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan, questioned Sharif about Islam before attacking him in the cab. Sharif suffered cuts to his neck and body. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The film student who drunkenly stabbed cab driver Ahmed Sharif in the neck in 2010 after asking if the man was Muslim apologized to his victim in court Tuesday and said the crime was when he hit bottom as an alcoholic, as a judge sentenced him to nine years in prison. Michael Enright, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault as a hate crime earlier this month. Prosecutors had asked for an 18-year sentence, which Judge Richard Carruthers said at the time sounded "appropriate and just." In addition to apologizing to Sharif on Tuesday, Enright said in a statement to the court: "On August 24, 2010, the date of my last drink, I failed as a human being when I attacked an innocent man in an alcoholic blackout and nearly took his life." He's since gotten sober, he said.