NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – A restaurant cook convicted of shoving a stranger into the side of an oncoming New York City subway train has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Jose Rojas said at his sentencing Friday that he felt terrible about the injuries Ute Linhart suffered.

Last month, the 26-year-old Rojas was convicted of assault but acquitted of attempted murder. Both charges were equally serious.

Prosecutors called the August 2010 incident a senseless but deliberate crime. Rojas’ lawyers say it was a drunken accident.

The Germany-born Linhart says she’s relieved the case is resolved. But she notes that some of her injuries will never be.

She suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken facial bone and neck and leg injuries. She says she missed six months of work.

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