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Brian Davis Sentenced

11:15 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A former member of the Buffalo Common Council, Brian Davis will spend the next year and one day in jail for stealing money from an organization that received federal funds while he was in office.

Brian Davis pled guilty this past May to taking over $48,000 from multiple organizations from 2006-2010.

In addition to the jail sentence, Davis will also be on two-years surpervised release and must make $48,237 in restitution to the City of Buffalo.

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Davis could have faced up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000, but under federal sentencing guidelines he was only sentenced to one year and one day.

Davis, who previously vowed to fight the charges when he was indicted just over a year ago, entered his guilty plea about a month and a half before he was scheduled to go on trial.

As part of his plea, Davis will have to cooperate with federal agents probing other potential cases of corruption at city hall.

Prosecutors said Davis would deposit money skimmed from grants he steered toward community groups into his bank account.

"What he did with it is impossible to say because he immediately took the money out in cash, and there's no way for us to tell how the cash was spent," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Ippolito who prosecuted the case.

Davis, who resigned from the Common Council in 2009 after admitting to misusing campaign funds, was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia when he was arrested in a drug sweep last year.

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