Cabbie Stabber Cites Alcoholic Rock Bottom at Hate-Crime Sentencing

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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.