Ithaca man gets 25 to life for causing death of woman last summer

An Ithaca man who admitted to causing the death of a woman last summer has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, according to Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten.

Michael Davis, 46, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Josie Berrios on June 13, 2017. With the guilty plea Davis admitted to intentionally causing her death, Van Houten said.

The sentence Davis received was the maximum allowed.

“We are pleased that the Court imposed the maximum sentence,” Van Houten said in a release. “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.

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