Rice Family: Relief, But No Joy

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 9:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 9:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - "I wish I could say I'm excited, but I'm not. No one has won anything," Richard Rice said following Thursday's sentencing of Dr. James Corasanti.

In May, the Getzville doctor was cleared of all felony charges in connection's with the death of Rice's daughter, 18-year-old Alexandria Rice.

The jury only found Corasanti guilty of one charge: DWI.

But Richard Rice still believes Corasanti is still ultimately responsible after his BMW slammed into Alix on Heim Road in Amherst in July, 2011.

"No matter how you look at this case, no matter what your opinion, no matter what your thoughts, no matter what your beliefs are... the bottom line is James Corasanti killed my daughter," Richard Rice told Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio before she handed down the maximum sentence on the misdemeanor DWI conviction.

One year behind bars. With good behavior, Corasanti will be released in eight months.

Tammy Schueler, Alix's mother, said there is some solace knowing that Corasanti is going to jail.

"I wish I could say I'm excited, but I'm not. No one has won anything," she said.

"There's a huge, ugly portion of my life where the door is closed. I at least know he's going to jail."