Basil indicted on second-degree attempted murder

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Erie County grand jury has indicted Jeffrey Basil on second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence.

The Erie County District Attorney accuses Basil of “launching” Air National Guardsman Bill Sager down the stairs at Molly’s Pub in May, leaving him in a coma.

“The allegation is that with the intent to  cause the death of the victim, the defendant attempted to do so by launching him down the stairs” said Sedita.

Basil is accused of physically removing a DVR unit that was connected to the bar’s video surveillance system and disposing of it.

Off duty Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff had to submit a DNA sample to determine if he helped dispose of video evidence, but in the end, the grand jury opted not to hand up any charges against Eloff.

Off duty Buffalo Police Officer Adam O’Shei was also at Molly’s pub that night and testified that he tried to help Sager after the incident. O’Shei is not facing any charges. Both officers have been suspended from the police force.

Basil will be arraigned on Friday, July 25. If convicted of all charges, he could face 25 years in jail. 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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