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West Found Guilty In Lake George Boating Death

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A New York jury has reached a verdict in the trial of an upstate New York man charged in the boating death of a California girl who was vacationing on Lake George with her family. 

Alexander West  was found guilty of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges stemming from the death last summer of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue of Carlsbad, California. Prosecutors alleged that West was impaired by drugs and alcohol when his motor boat collided with the McCue family's boat on Lake George on the night of July 25.

The Warren County Court jury began deliberations Friday morning but failed to reach a verdict and was sent home for the weekend. Jurors reached their verdicts early this afternoon.

Police say West fled the scene and didn't report the crash. The jury acquitted West of four counts including vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault and boating while impaired by drugs. 

West faces up to 22 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 5. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

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