BALLSTON SPA — The Corinth woman who killed her 18-month-old daughter and seriously injured a woman in a drug-related car crash last winter was chastised Thursday for an apparent lack of remorse as a judge sentenced her to up to 12 years in state prison.
Alison J. Pecor, 21, wept on and off through the proceeding, but had nothing to say after Saratoga County Judge James Murphy and a prosecutor called her out for minimizing her actions in connection with the crash last February in Hadley.
Pecor crossed into the oncoming lane on Route 9N, causing a head-on crash that killed her daughter, Gracelynn Madison, and seriously injured 55-year-old Hadley resident Denise Scofield. Pecor was driving under the influence of prescription drugs Valium and Xanax and had not put her daughter in a properly installed child safety seat.
Pecor pleaded guilty in July to felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault, agreeing to serve a 4- to 12-year prison term.
Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen DeMartino questioned comments Pecor made to a probation officer who was compiling a pre-sentence report, in which she questioned whether she fell asleep at the wheel, and gave a differing account of her actions than earlier.
“Most remarkably, the defendant said that it could have happened to anyone,” she said.
Murphy also heard from a fellow judge, Supreme Court Justice Robert Muller, who gave a victim’s impact statement as a private citizen on behalf of Scofield, his sister-in-law.
Muller said Scofield has endured months of surgeries, hospitalization and rehabilitation, and now lives in an apartment that offers assisted living because of her injuries.
“What happened on that Super Bowl Sunday for Denise will never end,” Muller said. “This is just an enormous tragedy.”
He called the sentence “fair” in light of the fact that it will not “undo the harm” that has occurred.
Murphy pointed out that Pecor had a history of drug abuse, including a heroin overdose and two attempts at rehabilitation, and should have known the possible implications of drug use.
“There are two families here that are forever changed by your conduct,” he said.
Neither Pecor nor her lawyer, Saratoga County Assistant Public Defender Matthew Maiello, had any comment during the proceeding.
Pecor will have to serve at least 4 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.