Doctor Sentenced to Max for DWI Charge

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO N.Y. (WKBW) Dr. James Corasanti received the maximum sentence for his conviction on a misdemeanor DWI charge related to the hit-n-run death of 18-year old Alexandria Rice.

Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio handed down the sentence.

The 57-year old doctor will spend the next year in jail, pay a $1,000 fine, have his drivers license revoked for six months, and will have to install an ignition interlock on his car for 12 months after he is released from jail.

The sentencing brings to conclusion a case that had been the focus of intense media and public attention.

In late May, the doctor's acquittal on five felony charges led to a public outcry and condemnation of the jury.

But Corsanti was convicted on a lesser charge of common law Driving While Intoxicated.

The charge carried a maximum jail term of one year, and that was imposed by Judge DiTullio.

Defense Attorney Joel Daniels said the time has come to "move on and heal," and he adds they will not be filing for a stay of sentence or appealing the case.

Legal experts say the doctor will most likely serve 8-months and then be able to return to practicing medicine under supervision by the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct.

Earlier, it was announced that Dr. Corasanti would not lose his medical license, but would be placed on proabtion for five years by the medical office.

Dr. Corasanti will have to pay a $10,000 fine, attend mandatory alcohol counseling, and perform his medical duties under the supervision of another physician.

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