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Corasanti, family pay visit to church; attorney counters rumors of party

Dr. James G. Corasanti took his family to Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna Thursday, a day after an Erie County Court jury found him not guilty of felony charges in the death of Alexandria "Alix" Rice last July.

"He addressed these personal issues with those of his family and Alix Rice as anyone does in their own fashion with their own God," said attorney Thomas H. Burton, trying to counter what he said was misinformation about a party at Corasanti's Getzville home Wednesday night after the verdict.

There was a gathering, but it was anything but cheerful, said Burton, who along with attorneys Joel L. Daniels and Cheryl Meyers-Buth represented Corasanti.

At a news conference Thursday, Richard J. Rice, Alix's father, expressed disappointment that Corasanti would have a gathering at his home. "I understand there was a big party at [his house] last night. La Nova Pizza made a delivery," he said of Corasanti.

Burton painted a different picture. "There were family and friends and neighbors. It was a somber, reflective and quiet gathering. The food was delivered as a gift to Dr. Corasanti by a friend. To call this a party is an unfair and a dead-wrong description," he said.

Corasanti does not wish to make public comments now about the trial's conclusion, said Burton, his friend of three decades.

Richard Rice said he was glad the doctor was seeking spiritual guidance.

"I wish everybody would go to church. I wish he would have been at church the night he was out drinking. I'm glad he went and I'm glad for his family that they are getting some spiritual leadership," Rice said.