News10NBC Investigates: Man charged with driving car at cops has at least 80 previous arrests, got out of prison after 90 days

August 02, 2018 08:09 PM

How was Elbert Davis out of prison? 

News10NBC got access to detailed police reports and that's how we found out Davis has been arrested at least 80 times.


That's more than once for every year he's been alive. The troubling thing is, what happened the last time he was sentenced to prison? 

In September of 2017, Davis was arrested for breaking into a car at a home on South Goodman Street in Rochester. He was charged with burglary. 

In February, he pled guilty to burglary and got two to four years in prison. 

But look at what happened. 

According to the New York State Department of Corrections database, Davis was paroled on May 29.

He only served three and a half months.

"Somebody owes us an explanation," said Gates Police Chief Jim Vanbrederode. 

Vanbrederode is the head of the Monroe County Association of Chiefs of Police. 

"Somebody owes us an explanation, us in law enforcement, of how this individual went to Willard, spent three months in Willard, was released on parole, absconded at some point, never came back, never checked in," he said "And then was involved in this incident where he used a car to try to run the police officers over."
Sandra Doorley is the Monroe County District Attorney. She says her office wanted to send Davis to prison for the burglary case but the judge in the case sent him to a 90-day drug boot camp instead. 

"It's disgusting. It's disgusting," Doorley said. "Over our objections the judge sentenced him to the Willard program which is like a 90-day, boot camp, inpatient drug treatment program."
The record shows Davis got out in 90 days.

News10NBC called the chambers of the judge that handled the case, Monroe County Court Judge Vince Dinolfo. A person named Donna answered the phone. 

"We're trying to track down information on prior sentences that he got," News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean explained to Donna. 
A short time later, she called back and said the code of ethics prevents Judge Dinolfo from commenting on cases. 

Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "Had (the boot camp sentence) not happened, (Davis would) still be in prison right now."

Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney: "Yes, correct."

New York State Corrections told News10NBC that they didn't parole Elbert Davis. 

Corrections says they let him go because he finished the drug treatment program. 

Here is a look at Davis' recent felony history:

March 10, 2004
Arrested - criminal possession of stolen property (stolen car)

July 7, 2004
Pleads guilty to CPSP 4th
Sentenced by Judge Connell to one and a half - three years. 

DOCCS - served from 8/20/2004 - 6/21/2007

Oct.10, 2007
Arrested for grand larceny (stolen credit cards), criminal mischief.
On the RPD's booking sheet, the arresting officer wrote, "74 prior arrests, 39 convictions, one felony."

May 14, 2008
Pleads guilty to GL
Sentenced by Judge Schwartz to one - three years.

It is unclear on how much time he served.

May 8, 2009
Pleads guilty to CPSP 4th
Sentenced by Judge Connell to two - four years.

It is unclear on how much time he served. 

Oct. 25, 2013
Arrested for CPSP (stolen car), reckless endangerment 2nd, unauthorized operation, aggravated unlicensed operation. 

Dec. 12, 2013
Pleads guilty to CPSP 4th
Sentenced by Judge Dinolfo to two - four years

It is unclear on how much time he served.

Sept. 7, 2017
Arrested for burglary 3rd
At the time of his arrest there was an outstanding parole warrant. 

Feb. 1, 2018
Pleads guilty to burglary 3rd
Sentenced by Judge Dinolfo to two - four years

DOCCS - enters Willard Correctional on Feb. 8, 2018. 
Paroled May 29, 2018.
Parole eligibility date was Sept. 3, 2019. 


Berkeley Brean

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