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Appellate judges uphold manslaughter conviction in Molly's Pub case

Jeffrey J. Basil, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to manslaughter in the death of William C. Sager Jr., has lost his most recent appeal of his conviction.

Basil, 39, was found guilty of murder at trial for fatally injuring Sager by shoving him down a stairway in Molly's Pub in May 2014. When that verdict was vacated due to juror misconduct, Basil voluntarily entered the guilty plea to manslaughter in June 2015. He was then sentenced to 18 years in prison plus five years post-release supervision.

According to the decision of the Appellate Division of the Fourth Judicial Department, Basil has no grounds to appeal the manslaughter conviction or the severity of his sentence, having “knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily” waived his right to appeal when he was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

With the Appellate ruling, the earliest Basil could be released from prison is December 2029. He is currently being held in the Upstate Correctional Facility in the northernmost part of the state.

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