Teen pleads guilty in death of friend

QUEENSBURY - A Warrensburg teenager threw herself at the mercy of the Warren County Court this week, pleading guilty to all 10 charges filed against her relating to an August, 2008 car accident that killed one passenger and severely injured another.

Cortney C. LaCarte, 19, plead guilty Dec. 28 to charges which included aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DWI. According to police reports, quantitative testing showed that LaCarte's blood alcohol content was .20 percent, over double of the .08 legal definition of intoxication.

County District Attorney Kate Hogan said she was not comfortable with LaCarte's Defense Attorney Garfield Raymond's request for leniency. Raymond had told the court that a sentence of 2 & 1/3 to 7 years was appropriate in this case.

"Her BAC was more than twice the legal limit and the woman who was killed in the crash was only 21 years old and a mother," Hogan said Jan. 29. "This crash left a child motherless."

Hogan said that her office will seek the maximum sentence because of the severity of the crime.

LaCarte could face anywhere from 8 & 1/3 to 25 years in state prison when she faces Warren County Judge John Hall again for sentencing on April 1.

Nancy Commarto, 21, of Lake George, was killed in the crash. Commarto left behind a young daughter.

Michael Ehle, 21, of Warrensburg received numerous injuries to the head and body. Ehle spent several weeks in Glens Falls Hospital as a result of his injuries.

LaCarte has admitted consuming over a dozen beers and to smoking marijuana prior to driving her 2008 Honda Civic into a granite rock face on Rte. 9 in Lake George.

LaCarte is currently free on bail until sentencing.

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