- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A state Supreme Court jury has found a former Buffalo bar manager guilty of second-degree murder for pushing a patron down a flight of stairs, causing fatal head injuries.

The Buffalo News reports (https://bit.ly/15zTjMH ) Jeffrey Basil faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on Feb. 23.

Prosecutors say the 36-year-old Basil shoved 28-year-old William Sager backward down stairs at Molly’s Pub early on the morning of May 11. Sager, a member of the New York Air National Guard who was engaged to be married, died at a hospital in late July.

Basil admitted shoving Sager, but said he didn’t intend to kill him.

Prosecutor Christopher Belling said the physics of the push indicated intent to kill.

Defense attorney Joel Daniels said he plans to appeal.

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