Corasanti juror admits drunk driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former juror in the trial of Doctor James Corasanti now admits he was driving drunk. John Jankowiak Jr. pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI on Wednesday.

His most recent arrest came last month in Orchard Park, just hours after he was acquitted of DWI and found guilty of a lesser charge in Buffalo. He will be sentenced in the Orchard Park case in January.

Earlier this month, the Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita spoke about Jankowiak’s arrests. The same day Jankowiak received his verdict, he was arrested again.

Sedita said, “After his verdict apparently he was celebrating and 12,13,14 hours later gets picked up at oh four o’clock in the morning in Orchard Park this time, drunk as a skunk.”

Jankowiak Jr.’s Attorney Michael Bly Santa Maria said, “It wasn’t as though he was up for murder and he got off. I don’t think that was a night of going out and celebrating, he shouldn’t have been going out and he did but I don’t think it was a way for him to thumb his nose to the law.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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