Family takes legal action after attack at Mollys Pub

Air National Guardsman Bill Sager

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A victim’s family is taking legal action after a brutal attack at a Buffalo bar. It was not just a bar fight, this was an attack, an assault, police argue, of an Air National Guardsman who was left so badly hurt he is still in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Now his fiancee has filed the initial steps of a civil lawsuit. In it, her lawyer writes William Sager “has suffered serious injuries including traumatic brain injury and coma.”

The owners of Mollys Pub and its employee with major connections to ownership, 35-year-old Jeffrey Basil, were named in the suit. He still in jail charged with assault.

Basil was arrested on Saturday and pleaded not guilty to the attack Sunday morning. Basil stood alongside his attorney Joel Daniels, when the judge issued an order of protection against him, on behalf of Sager.

At least two witnesses say it was Basil who pushed Sager in the chest from the top of a staircase. A source close to investigation says a video camera inside captured the the free fall with Sager hitting his head as he landed on the first floor.

According to legal documents filed in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of William Sager, there was an attempt to destroy footage, captured by surveillance cameras, inside the bar. The hard drive, according to these documents, was salvaged during the police investigation.

According to court documents, “additional video of the incident from cell phone cameras is also believed to exist.”

A source close to the investigation tells News 4, Sager did not hit a single stair, rather he fell right to the floor below. We’ve also learned there was no fight leading up to Sager being pushed down the stairs.

“He earned everything he has right now. He job his civilian technician. He earned his rank. He earned everything he’s got right now and you know this couldn’t have happened to a better guy, I mean it was a bad thing that happened to him, one of the best guys I know,” said a friend of the victim.

Sager served overseas in Afghanistan. Friends and fellow airmen have been visiting him every day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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