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Former Buffalo cop receives prison for role in Molly's Pub death

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

A former Buffalo police officer has been sentenced to three months in prison and three months home confinement for his part in the scuffle that ended in the fatal injury of William Sager Jr. at Molly's Pub in May of 2014.

Robert Eloff was off duty and working private security at Molly's when he handcuffed Sager, who was unconscious after being thrown down a flight of stairs by bar manager Jeffrey Basil. He also handcuffed Donald Hall, a friend who was trying to help Sager.

Eloff, 41, pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of violating Hall's civil rights and resigned from the police force after admitting in a plea deal that he fabricated a story about Hall trespassing at Molly's in order to justify the handcuffing and arrest.

Sager, who was an Air National Guard member, suffered a fatal brain injury and died two months after the incident. Basil was sentenced to 18 years in prison for manslaughter.


Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.