Verdicts Reached In Corasanti Trial

May 30, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News


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Erie County District Attorney Homocide Bureau Chief James Bargnesi gestures as he describes the victim's fatal injuries during the prosecution's opening statements in the trial against Dr. James Corasanti in Erie County Court, Thursday, April 26, 2012. {Pool photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News}

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    Attorneys Joel Daniels, left, Thomas Burton, second from left, and Cheryl Meyers-Buth, right, surround Dr. James Corasanti as the prosecution makes its opening statement in the trial against Dr. Corasanti in Erie County Court, Thursday, April 26, 2012. In foreground are boxes of evidence for the prosecution. {Pool photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News}


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May 30, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) After a long day of deliberations, the jury in the manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti handed in their verdicts. Dr. James Corasanti was on trial after hitting Alexandria Rice while driving on Heim Road last summer.

Here is the breakdown of verdicts as read in court:
NOT GUILTY of Vehicular Manslaughter

NOT GUILTY of Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree

NOT GUILTY of Leaving The Scene Of An Incident Without Reporting

NOT GUILTY of Evidence Tampering on Both Charges

GUILTY of DWI Common Law


The jury found Dr. Corasanti not guilty on the felony charges, and guilty of only one misdemeanor.

Sentencing set for August 16th.

The family of Alexandria Rice offered no comment after the verdicts were read, and left the courtroom.

Eyewitness News cameras captured images of some of the jurors as they left the court. Those jurors also had no comment on how they reached their verdicts.

People gathered on Heim Road near Dodge at the site of the accident where Alexandria Rice lost her life. People there lit candles and gathered in support of the family, with some people reacting bitterly to the verdicts reached.

In a news conference following the verdicts, District Attorney Frank Sedita commented that, "The jury bought Dr. Corasanti's testimony hook, line, and sinker."

Defense attorney Joel Daniels met the media while leaving court and said he was optimistic Dr. Corasanti will be able to keep his medical license. He said he is fighting to get Corasanti's drivers license back, and noted that the prior DUI Corasanti had 16 years ago had no bearing on the case.

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