BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Dr. James Corasanti, convicted of driving drunk in the motor vehicle accident that killed 18-year-old Alexandria Rice, will be sentenced in Erie County Court Thursday morning.
Eyewitness News legal analyst Barry Covert says there are many things Judge Sheila Ditullio can take into account before handing down her sentence, including Corasanti's past DWI conviction in the 1990s.
During Corasanti's trial, the jury was not allowed to take into account his past DWI conviction.
The circumstances surrounding the night of July 8, 2011 will also play a factor in sentencing. Rice was struck by Corasanti's BMW while she was riding her skateboard on Heim Road. She died at the scene.
Corasanti claims he did not know he hit Rice with his BMW and that's why he never stopped. A jury believed him, and only found him guilty of DWI, but not responsible for Rice's death.
Dr. James Corasanti faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
Covert adds that a misdemeanor DWI conviction rarely leads to jail time.
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