Raleigh doctor convicted in ballerina death released

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Prosecutors said Dr. Raymond Cook was driving at more than 80 miles-per-hour in a 45 zone when he fatally plowed into the back of 20-year-old Shapiro's car on Strickland Road September 11, 2009. (Images: WTVD)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh plastic surgeon convicted in the 2009 death of an aspiring dancer with the Carolina ballet was released from the Wake Correctional Center Friday.

WTVD reported that Dr. Raymond Cook will be on post-release supervision by a probation officer for nine months, according to officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

In 2011, Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced Cook – a former employee of WakeMed – to 36 to 53 months in prison in the death of Elena Shapiro after a Wake County jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Cook was also found guilty of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

Prosecutors said Cook was driving at more than 80 miles-per-hour in a 45 zone when he plowed into the back of 20-year-old Shapiro’s car on Strickland Road September 11, 2009.

Cook began his sentence on March 1, 2011. While he was sentenced to minimum three years – maximum 4 ½, Cook only had to serve the minimum because he had no infractions, good behavior, and worked.

A prison job gives you “earned time” to help ensure you only have to serve the minimum. He worked in various jobs around the prison system and then on work release near end of sentence.

Read full story: WTVD


  • Bob

    Rich and privileged get away with murder again. Any of the rest of us would still be in jail . 3 yrs for all 3 charges ? something’s wrong with the sentencing guide lines

  • ashley marble

    Jesus forgave us, let us not judge. What I can say is this. What happened was a terrible tragedy, but it can not bring back this beautiful girl. However, addiction is a disease, and no different than someone who gets cancer. Instead of hating this man, let’s pray for him, his family, his 2 young girls, & his fight to stay sober. I know if he could change what happened he would, & I know he, along with his family, have suffered for his actions. Sadly there will never be a happy ending in this story. But if any joy can come out of it, I am sure 2 young girls are happy to have their “Daddy” home –even if he made an awful awful mistake.

    • sinnerfrank

      HEY!! Bleeding heart was it your child he killed other wise your forgiveness don’t mean nothing !! As far as the aseholes own kids Momma better keep them out of the car with this POS.!! One more thing being a drunk is not like Cancer,no one chooses to have Cancer!! See how ignorant you sound !!

  • will_fourth

    Wow, I live at the intersection where this happened. The burn marks are still in the street where this woman died. What a sorry sack of shit.

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