BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Dr. James Corasanti could spend up to a year behind bars following his sentencing Thursday morning in Erie County Court.
In May, the Getzville doctor was found guilty of drunk driving in the vehicular death of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice of Amherst.
Corasanti was acquitted by a jury of more serious charges, including evidence tampering and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Judge Sheila DiTullio will only be able to consider the guilty verdict for DWI when she hands down her sentence, said Eyewitness News Legal Analyst Barry Covert.
"She cannot formally state that she is sentencing him more stringently because of those events for which he was found not guilty," he said.
DiTullio can consider the events surrounding the night of July 8, 2011, when Corasanti's BMW slammed into Rice, who was riding a long board on Heim Road.
"She can still take into account the circumstances," Covert said. "He was at a golf course, the number of drinks he admitted that he was drinking, what occurred on the road, and she can try to somehow take that into account."
Corasanti could receive a one year jail term, three years of probation or a split sentence with a combination of a shorter jail term and probation, said Covert.
Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 Thursday morning.
Stay with Eyewitness News and wkbw.com for the latest from the courtroom Thursday morning.