Corasanti Expected to be Released

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The countdown is on until Doctor James Corasanti is a free man.

The Amherst doctor is due to be released on Friday after spending eight months behind bars for a misdemeanor DWI conviction.

The drunk driving charges took place after a car crash that took the life of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice back in July of 2011.

The verdict in the Corasanti trial sparked outrage throughout Western New York.

Alix Rice's father says Corasanti, who was acquitted on all major charges, got away with taking his daughter's life.

"He has not been punished for the actual death of Alexandria Rice. He got away scott free," says Richard Rice.

Corasanti is expected to be released from jail sometime between six in the morning and six in the evening on Friday.

In the last two years, Corasanti went from a prestigious doctor to an inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

He was sentenced to a year behind bars.

However, Corasanti is expected to be released at the eight month mark because of good behavior.

Legally speaking, Corasanti will not have anyone to answer to. His sentence does not include probation.

It is still unknown what lies ahead for his medical career.

The Department of Health has put him on five years probation and slapped him with a $10-thousand fine.

Legal Expert Barry Covert explains "He has to be supervised for a certain period of time by a supervisory physician. He cannot consume alcohol. He has to insure that whatever issues manifested to a DWI will not manifest themselves again."

It is unknown where he would practice. Former patients have said they would return to Corasanti.

However, the Buffalo Medical Group says Corasanti resigned in November of 2011.

Some have speculated that he is looking to practice in Naples, Florida, where he reportedly owns property.

Meanwhile, the path for loved ones of Alix Rice's family has changed. They are fighting to keep her name alive with proposed legislation that would close a loophole in the law.

"It would be an assumption that they might or might not have known because they were drunk, so it removes that having to be aware of causing injury or damage," Richard Rice says.

He urges everyone to honor his daughter's memory by not driving drunk or distracted.

Alix Rice's family is seeking a civil lawsuit against Corasanti that is expected to start in September.