Bail Reduced for Molly's Manager, Released from Jail

June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Jeff Basil, the manager at Molly's Pub accused of pushing another man down the stairs, has been bailed out of jail as of Friday afternoon according to the Erie County Sheriffs Department, after his bail was significantly reduced at a court hearing Friday morning, from $250,000 to $35,000.

Basil appeared in court with his attorney, who argued that the charge of first degree assault as well as the original bail figure were both too harsh, asking for a reduction in bail.

The District Attorney's office countered by listing Basil's lengthy criminal history, and asking for bail to be increased to $500,000.

The judge then ruled bail be re-set at $35,000, with restrictions on Basil to not drink, enter any bar, or leave the county.

"We believe that bail under these circumstances, particularly in light of the evidence at the preliminary hearing and what we've learned of this case, presents a different picture than people originally thought," defense attorney Joel Daniels said.

"He has no respect for the law, his character and reputation in the community is abysmal, and he is just a dangerous person who may or may not come back to court. But his disrespect for the law is so significant that we expect he won't," Christopher Belling countered.

This case will now move to a grand jury.