BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Disappointed. Shocked. Surprised.
Those are some of the words used by Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita when asked about the jury's acquittal of Dr. James Corasanti.
"Why they came up with the decision they did? You'd really have to ask them," said Sedita following the Not Guilty verdicts on five counts, including Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Vehicular Manslaughter.
"It appears to me that they credited the testimony of Dr. Corasanti," Sedita said. "They bought it hook, line and sinker."
Jurors declined to comment as they were escorted out of the court building by state court deputies.
Dr. James Corasanti took the stand in his own defense and testified that he had five alcoholic drinks in six hours on the night that his BMW struck and killed 18-year-old Alexandra Rice.
Corasanti also testified that he was texting while behind the wheel, but only at stop lights.
"The jury apparently chose to credit the testimony of Dr. Corasanti and to believe the version of events in various explanations but forth by Doctor Corasanti," said Sedita.
Corasanti was found guilty on one count of misdemeanor DWI. He faces a maximum of one year in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 16.