BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Robert Eloff, a suspended Buffalo Police officer accused of unlawfully putting a man in handcuffs, resigned from his position as part of a guilty plea.
Back in May of 2014, Jeffrey Basil pushed William Sager down a set of stairs at Molly’s Pub in Buffalo, killing him.
At the time, Eloff was off-duty from the police force and was working as a security guard at the pub. Sager’s friend Donald Hall was handcuffed by Eloff and arrested without probable cause after the fatal incident occurred.
Eloff was later charged with willful deprivation of rights under color of law and conspiracy to deprive a person of rights under color of law. He pleaded not guilty to the charge more than one year later, but on Monday, pleaded guilty to the charge.
He could face up to one year in prison following the guilty plea.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul said it did not appear that Eloff would be prosecuted at first, a thought which the attorney deemed unacceptable.
“As a former Buffalo Police officer, facing 12 months in prison is hardly a slap on the wrist.” Hochul said, following the plea.
Eloff will be sentenced on October 3.