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Former Council Member Brian Davis sentenced to one year in jail

WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Former Common Council member Brian Davis was sentenced to one year and one day in jail Wednesday for stealing money that was intended to benefit organizations in his council district.

Davis learned his sentence in an appearance before Federal Judge William Skretny.

"I totally accept responsibility" said Davis outside the courthouse to reporters. "I'm truly sorry, I apologize and I only aspired to be the best Ellciott District Council member that the city of Buffalo has ever seen."

Davis had pleaded guilty in May to a charge of stealing from an organization receiving federal funds. He diverted $48,000  into his own pocket while serving as Ellicott District member on the Council.

His attorneys were seeking a sentence of probation and community service.     

“This is an extreme case where an individual elected to represent the community, abused that position and stole money which could have benefited those residents,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.  “This behavior, besides showing a blatant disregard for his Office, had the effect of depriving the community of funds which could have led to real, long term benefits to the City. Working with our law enforcement partners, this Office will continue to root out public corruption wherever it is found.”    

"The FBI uncovered evidence of Brian Davis' crimes during an investigation into a separate matter," said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota. "Davis' intentional diversion of government funds to his private, personal use violated not only his oath of office, but also the obligation he had to his constituents to represent them honestly and responsibly. Buffalo has long been known as the City of Good Neighbors--Brian Davis's crimes do not reflect that moniker and his community deserved better."