Jury Finds Alex West Guilty in Fatal Lake George Boating Crash

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A jury has found Alex West guilty on most charges in the fatal Lake George boating crash that killed 8-year-old Charlotte McCue last year.

These are the charges West faced:

  • Count 1: Manslaughter 2nd degree GUILTY
  • Count 2: Assault 2nd degree GUILTY
  • Count 3: Vehicular manslaughter 2nd degree NOT GUILTY
  • Count 4: Vehicular assault 1st degree NOT GUILTY
  • Count 5: Vehicular assault 2nd degree NOT GUILTY
  • Count 6: Criminally negligent Homicide GUILTY
  • Count 7: Leaving the scene of an accident without reporting GUILTY
  • Count 8: Leaving the scene of an accident without reporting GUILTY
  • Count 9: Boating while ability impaired by drugs- cocaine GUILTY
  • Count 10: Boating while ability impaired by drugs – hash oil NOT GUILTY
  • Count 11: Reckless operation of a vessel GUILTY
  • Count 12: Criminal possession of a controlled substance GUILTY

West was sent to jail without bail after the jury delivered the verdict. He faces seven to 22 years in state prison when he is sentenced.

“The truth about what happened is now known to everyone who watched this trial,” Kathy Hogan, Warren County DA, said. “They will never be the same but they have each other, these are very good strong people who did not deserve to be taken from them.”

“Justice was served today and it was served well,” Bob Knarr, Charlotte’s grandfather and the driver of the boat the night Charlotte was killed, said. “This is a hollow victory for us because we don’t have Charlotte. It’s a big win but I will tell you every one of us here would trade this victory and probably our lives to have Charlotte back.”

Alex West’s attorney Cheryl Coleman offered her reaction to the verdict.

“I wish that they’d stayed and had dessert at the Huddle. I wish they’d left earlier or wish they left later. I wish that everybody’s life didn’t intersect the way they did,” Coleman said.

Knarr thanked the media today and law enforcement.

Coleman says she will appeal the verdict and believes she has multiple reasons to appeal.

When asked for a comment, West’s family declined.

West was accused of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash after leaving a Log Bay Day celebration.

The jury began deliberations on Friday. The trial began on Wednesday, April 19.


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