A judge has denied Alex West’s request to have his conviction overturned for his role in the fatal Lake George boating crash.
In May 2017, West was convicted on several charges including manslaughter, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to the decision, the court reviewed West’s evidentiary claims and found that given the strength of the evidence of West’s guilt and that there was no significant probability that the jury would have acquitted him, his claims are without merit or constituted as a harmless error.
West was accused of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the boating hit-and-run after leaving a Log Bay Day celebration on Lake George in July 2016. Charlotte McCue, 8, died as a result of the crash.
“Although West has no prior criminal history, given his choice to consume a toxic mix of alcohol and drugs and then operate a boat, at night, striking another boat, killing an 8-year-old girl and seriously injuring her mother and then leaving the scene, we find no abuse of discretion or extraordinary circumstances warranting a reduction of the sentence.”
West is serving five to 15 years at medium-security Collins Correctional Facility in Erie County, just south of Buffalo.