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Michael Davis Sentenced

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Michael Davis Sentenced

Friday, March 23, 2018

District Attorney Matthew Van Houten announced today that Michael Davis, 47, of Ithaca, appeared in Tompkins County Court today and was sentenced to the maximum sentence allowed by law, a term of 25 years to life in State Prison in connection with his conviction for the crime of Murder in the Second Degree. Murder in the Second Degree is a Class A-I Felony in New York State, punishable by a maximum of 25 years to life. Judge John C. Rowley presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia and Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama prosecuted the case. James Baker and Russell Maines represented the defendant. Davis admitted to intentionally causing the death of Joezaya Berrios in the early morning hours of June 13, 2017, in the City of Ithaca. Van Houten said, “We are pleased that the Court imposed the maximum sentence. As stated very powerfully by Josie’s family and by Andrew Bonavia in their sentencing remarks, we all need to remember that Josie was loved and she was wanted. She was a bright light in our community who helped countless people with her positive energy, confidence, and courage. She will never be forgotten.” The District Attorney’s Office recognizes and thanks the agencies who conducted the investigation and assisted in the prosecution of this case, specifically the Ithaca Police Department, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police, Troop C BCI, and Forensic Investigation Unit.