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Dr. James Corasanti of Amherst has been sentenced to one year in prison for a DWI conviction stemming from the hit-and-run accident that killed 18-year-old Alexandria Rice last summer.

It was the maximum sentence that could have been handed down by Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio, who reminded Corasanti "you drank a lot of booze that night."

Lawyers ask for reduced charges against Corasanti

May 24, 2012
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Defense attorneys in the Dr. James Corasanti trial Thursday asked for reductions on two of the three counts to less serious charges.

Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense in the Dr. James Corasanti vehicular manslaughter trial met with Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio Thursday to discuss the charges against Corasanti.

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A defense request to dismiss all charges against Dr. James Corasanti of Amherst was denied Thursday.  Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio denied the request by defense attorney Joel Daniels, who was seeking to have all five charges against the Amherst doctor dropped. 

The prosecution rested its case late Thursday morning after calling its 37th witness to the stand. Corasanti is accused in the fatal hit-and-run of Alexandria Rice last July while she was riding on her longboard on Heim Road.