Buffalo, N.Y. - Dr. James Corasanti's morning began with him sitting in a windowless Sheriff's bus at about 7:00 a.m. with about 25 other inmates on a trip from the Alden Correctional Facility to downtown Buffalo.
Corasanti was being released after serving eight months in jail following his DWI conviction in connection with the death of Alix Rice.
Undersheriff Mark Wipperman says Corasanti spent his time in jail reading and working out and lost about 20 pounds while at Alden.
Wipperman says Corasanti was a "model inmate" and had no disciplinary incidents while in jail. He adds that no inmates tried to harm Corasanti during his time in custody.
Wipperman says Corasanti was taken to the downtown Holding Center this morning for his release because of security concerns.
"We knew the general public was aware he was serving his time in Alden, and so for his safety and to avoid any incidents we brought him downtown to be released. Our prime concern was his safety."
Wipperman said that other than members of the media, there were no protestors or any members of the public outside the jail in Alden this morning.
When Corasanti arrived at the Holding Center downtown, Wipperman said he was treated like any other inmate.
Corasanti was put in a isolation cell while awaiting release. His name was run in state and federal databases to make sure he had no outstanding warrants.
As is the case now with virtually anyone convicted of a crime in New York state, Corasanti gave a DNA sample. The sample will now be put into a state data bank.
Corasanti was asked his name, Social Security number, and whether he had any medical issues.
Wipperman says Corasanti was "calm and cooperative" this morning, as he has been throughout his time in custody.
Wipperman said a security sweep of the area outside the Holding Center was done to ensure that there was no one there who might want to harm Corasanti.
His ID bracelet was then cut off and Corasanti was a free man.
Wipperman says Corasanti left the Holding Center between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and then walked the short distance to his attorney's office, which happened to be right next door at 42 Delaware.
His attorney, Joel Daniels says that Corasanti hopes to stay in Western New York and resume his medical practice.