Raleigh doctor convicted in ballerina death released
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.
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