- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for a fatal boat crash on an upstate lake that killed a California girl while she visited relatives last summer.

Twenty-five-year-old Alexander West was sentenced Monday afternoon in Warren County Court. He was convicted last month of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, boating while impaired by alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash.

Prosecutors said he had spent July 25 partying at Lake George’s annual Log Bay Day party and was headed home that night when his motor boat slammed into a boat carrying the McCue family of Carlsbad, California.

Eight-year-old Charlotte McCue was mangled and killed by the boat’s propeller and her mother suffered serious injuries.

West faced a maximum of 7 1/3 to 22 years in prison if sentences were imposed consecutively.

During the sentencing, the girl’s mother, Courtney McCue, said her entire family remains traumatized by the accident in which they saw her daughter “cut to shreds in a matter of seconds.”

“Most days, I would rather be anyone else other than Courtney McCue because it hurts too much to walk in my shoes,” she said. “Every move I make, I feel a physical and emotional pain that I can never escape.”

The mother described herself as an “empty shell of a human” unable to be a full parent to her other two children.

West briefly addressed the court before the sentencing, saying he was “haunted every day” by the events.

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