Alex West found guilty of manslaughter

May 09, 2017 10:34 AM

Alex West is now a convicted felon. The jury took about 11 hours to find the Lake George man guilty of manslaughter and seven other counts.  After three weeks, testimony from 40 witnesses and two days of deliberations, it all came down to this.


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  • Manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Leaving the scene
  • Boating while impaired by alcohol
  • Reckless operation
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance


  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Vehicular assault (two counts)
  • Boating while impaired by drugs

West, 25, tried and convicted on eight counts related to the July boat crash that killed 8-year-old Charlotte McCue. Her family, including her grandfather, thankful for the jury's verdict.

"Unfortunately, for us we still don't have Charlotte. This is a hollow victory for us because we still don't have Charlotte," pointed out Robert Knarr, the victim’s grandfather.

The verdict came down to which of the drastically different versions the jury believed. Prosecutors painted West as a boozer and drug abuser who callously left the scene of a fatal crash that he caused. The jury rejected the defense’s notion that West wasn't drunk or high and he didn't know that a little girl was killed and his mother injured. 

"For the very first time in his life, Alex West was forced to face his own actions," noted Knarr.

It was a case that captured our attention here and across the nation. Charlotte's family saying they've heard from thousands of people.  District Attorney Kate Hogan understands why. 

"I think that a child innocently sleeping in her mother's lap, everyone can picture what Charlotte was like at that very moment," Hogan pointed out.

Hogan plans to ask for the maximum of 7 1/3 to 22 years when West is sentenced June 5. His attorney plans to appeal.


WNYT Staff

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