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Ex-prosecutor pleads guilty to bribery

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A former Marion County deputy prosecutor pleaded guilty Tuesday in an Indianapolis federal court to accepting a bribe. As part of the plea, he agreed to tell federal prosecutors what he knows about public corruption in Indianapolis.

David Wyser was indicted in May with one count of bribery, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker accepted the plea. Wyser has been allowed to remain on release under the same terms and conditions previously imposed pending his sentencing.

Prosecutors allege Wyser, who was the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, took a $2,500 bribe in 2009 to reduce a prisoner’s sentence for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Paula Willoughby was released early from prison after her father Harrison Epperly made large political contributions to Brizzi and Wyser while their office considered modifying Willoughby’s sentence.

Brizzi and Wyser later returned the donations.

A date has not been set for sentencing.

 

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