Posted at: 08/15/2013 10:47 AM
| Updated at: 08/15/2013 1:22 PM
By: WNYT Staff / Subrina Dhammi
Eric Green is brought into his sentencing, Thursday morning.
Brian Storey / WNYT
ALBANY - A teenager convicted of stabbing a state trooper in the neck was sentenced to 30 years behind bars on Thursday.
“You attack one of us you attack all of us,” said State Trooper Rodney Smith, who was hurt in the attack.
Smith says aside from the visible scars on either side of his neck, he's doing just fine.
Trooper Smith faced his 18-year-old attacker in court on Thursday.
Back in March, Eric Green approached Trooper Smith in the concourse of Empire State Plaza. He seemed lost, and in need of help.
“I enjoy those times that I can help people, when he approached me looking for a place to stay I’m like ‘ok’,” said Trooper Smith.
Then suddenly, Green pulled out a knife, and stabbed Trooper Smith repeatedly in the neck - he tried to take the trooper's gun - instead grabbed his radio, and took off.
Green was apparently hearing voices at the time.
Judge Stephen Herrick talked more about this in court on Thursday, saying Eric Green was using drugs at the time, and that day. They included bath salts, and K2 spice, or synthetic marijuana.
The judge came down hard on Green saying, he continued to use these drugs, despite having bad thoughts and hearing voices, holding him responsible for causing his own state of mind.
He sentenced him to 30 years in prison.
"I hope the time he spends in incarceration, he can reflect on the mistakes that he made. When he gets out, he can made a positive contribution to society and not be a threat to society," says Trooper Smith, who is back on modified duty with State Police.
Eric Green did not speak at the sentencing.