NEW YORK (PIX11) — A man convicted of brutally attacking a French tourist two years ago in Harlem is going to spend more than two decades behind bars, officials announced Wednesday.

Khalief Young, 29, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection to the February 2020 incident, prosecutors said. A jury convicted Young of attempted murder and first-degree assault last month.

Prosecutors said the 28-year-old victim was walking with his girlfriend down Clayton Boulevard when Young came up from behind and slashed the man on the neck, slicing him from ear to throat.

The victim was treated for a 6-inch laceration and underwent a tracheotomy at a Harlem hospital. He was hospitalized for 10 days and needed a medical care team to fly back home with him, prosecutors said.

Young, a Harlem resident, fled to his grandmother’s home in the neighborhood and was arrested three days later. The victim recovered from the attack and testified at Young’s trial in Manhattan, officials said.

“This unconscionable attack nearly took the life of a young man visiting Manhattan for what should have been a joyous occasion,” District Attorney Alving Bragg said. “Everyone deserves to walk the streets of New York City safely and I commend the immense strength of this victim.”