A taxi driver who left a drunk client out in the cold and who was later found dead, has been acquitted of criminal negligence in the man's death, but he was convicted of theft for going thru the man's wallet and taking $20 for a $5 cab ride.
The incident happened in March of 2010.
Nassif Saidy Simon says he picked up an obviously drunk 71-year old James McAlinden and brought him to his home on Basile Patneaude Street on the Plateau.
McAlinden could barely walk and and the prosecutor said Saidy Simon had abandoned him lying on the street between two parked cars in minus 15 degree temperatures.
Two hours later a passerby spotted him and called 911 but by then McAlinden was dead.
The coroner ruled death was caused by " dilated cardiomyopathy ", or a weakened heart.
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