Officer Gets Pizzas But Loses Job

According to the Buffalo News, “Three pizzas ended the career of a Gowanda police officer — and forced him to tell the truth about a mysterious shooting two years ago.”

“Jason D. Miller faces up to one year in jail following his guilty plea last week to official misconduct, said Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, whose office handled the case as a special prosecutor. Miller, 36, of North Collins, was accused of agreeing to bury a traffic ticket in exchange for three free pizzas from the driver, Sedita said. As part of the plea, Miller is required to pay back $600 to the Gowanda police union and to help settle one of the more perplexing police shooting cases in local history. In 2008, Miller was shot once in his police vest while on duty, but he has refused to cooperate with investigators, and officials have long had doubts about the shooting, Gowanda Police Chief Joseph J. Alessi said Tuesday. Now Miller must tell all.”