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Driver convicted of DUI in golf-cart death

By Associated Press
Published October 19, 2003

FORT LAUDERDALE - A Canadian man was convicted of driving drunk when he rammed his rental car into a golf cart in February, killing a Weston girl and injuring her mother.

But jurors on Saturday found Martin Shane Alexander, 29, of Ontario, not guilty of the most serious charge: DUI manslaughter.

Alexander's total sentence was nine months. He has been in jail since the Feb. 9 accident, and with "gain time," he will be able to return to Canada on Monday without serving any additional time in jail, the defense attorney and prosecutor said.

Had Alexander been convicted on the manslaughter charge, he could have been imprisoned for up to 16 years.

Nine-year-old Vanessa Wilson died when Alexander drove his rented Mustang into the golf cart she and her mother were riding in at Bonaventure Country Club in Weston.

Alexander had been drinking at the country club before he drove off.

A test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of about three times the legal limit.

[Last modified October 19, 2003, 02:03:50]

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