Hannacroix man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter in fatal September crash

December 06, 2018 10:20 AM

ALBANY, NY - A man from Hannacroix will spend one to three years in state prison after killing his high school classmate in a drunken motorcycle crash back in September.

Alexander Hamilton, 23, pleaded guilty to second degree vehicular manslaughter in Albany County Court Wednesday morning. Hamilton was initially facing a DWI charge in the crash.

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Hamilton told Judge William Carter that he didn't remember drinking any alcohol before he crashed his motorcycle in Westerlo, killing Leanna Prudhomme. Her family said they don't buy it.

Prudhomme had just turned 23 when she was tragically killed in the crash on Sept. 2.

She was on the back of Hamilton’s Harley Davidson, who was her Greenville High School classmate. Hamilton was severely injured in the crash.

Terms of Hamilton’s probation include three years with an ignition interlock device and a minimum of six months without a license.

Prudhomme's family spoke to NewsChannel 13 after the appearance, but did not want to go on camera.

Her parents said they didn't want the case to go to trial, but they don't think one to three years is nearly enough jail time for taking their daughter’s life.

While agreeing to the deal in court, Hamilton said he didn't remember drinking throughout the day. Hamilton's attorney Eric Sills said Hamilton's injuries could prevent him from recalling the day's events.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Tanner-Richter said Hamilton's blood alcohol content two hours after the crash was a .08.

Hamilton said based on witness' statements, he doesn't deny drinking on Sept. 2, but he maintained that he could not remember drinking at two separate establishments that day.

Prudhomme's family doesn't believe that's true. They also said Hamilton has never tried to apologize to them, or even make eye contact with them since the crash.

Prudhomme's mother, Kimberly Zelvian said her daughter was a sweet girl, a hard worker who loved people and animals. She called the crash that killed her daughter a horrific way to die.

Hamilton will remain out on bail until he is sentenced on February 4. He will not be permitted to drive during that time.

Sills issued this statement to NewsChannel 13 this morning: "Mr. Hamilton and the entire Hamilton family wish to express their sincere condolences to the Prudhomme family."

MORE INFO: Penalties for alcohol or drug-related violations


Emily Burkhard

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