Evan Sachs arrive at the Nassau County Court in Mineola,...

Evan Sachs arrive at the Nassau County Court in Mineola, New York. (July 20, 2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The man accused of stabbing an 8-year-old boy at a Westbury restaurant last October pleaded guilty Wednesday, telling a Nassau County judge he is "very sorry" for what he did.

Evan Sachs, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted assault, and will serve 14 years in prison under a plea deal when County Court Judge Jerald Carter sentences him in September.

Nonetheless, prosecutor Mitch Benson said in court that he will ask for a prison sentence of 25 years at Sachs' sentencing Sept. 8.

"I would give anything to undo what I did," Sachs told Carter in court, moments after admitting that he went to Dave & Buster's in Westbury on Oct. 8 with the intention of finding and killing a little boy. Sachs, who stabbed the child several times with a hunting knife, had a note in his pocket when he was arrested, spelling out his intentions.

Police said he later admitted to trolling shopping malls for days, looking for a child who was separated from his parents.

The parents of the boy, whom police did not name, hurried from court without comment Wednesday. Police said they were only feet away when the child was stabbed as he played video games at the restaurant.

The boy suffered a punctured lung but has since recovered, prosecutors said.

Sachs' mother, Randi Sachs, released a statement at the proceeding saying her son has numerous psychological problems and should not be held accountable for what he did.

"Our son suffered all his life from depression and disabilities that are believed to be neurological in basis," she said. "We would like to get him further help, but now we will not be able to."

Sachs' lawyer, Michael Soshnick of Mineola, said that while his client has been hospitalized, he did not meet the legal definition of insanity because he understood the difference between right and wrong.

"He did know what he was doing, and did know what he was doing was wrong," Soshnick said outside court. Weeks ago, Soshnick asked Carter to find that Sachs was incompetent to stand trial, but after a hearing, Carter ruled he was competent.

Soshnick said Sachs probably assumed he would die on the day of his crime.

"I don't think he ever imagined that he'd be standing in a court and be pleading guilty to attempted murder in the second degree," he said. "Evan honestly thought that this would end his life."

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