Ex-prosecutor Wyser pleads guilty to bribery

David Wyser

A federal judge has accepted a former Marion County deputy prosecutor's guilty plea to accepting a bribe.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker accepted 53-year-old David Wyser's agreement with prosecutors Tuesday in Indianapolis.

The plea bargain requires Wyser to tell prosecutors everything he knows about public corruption in Indianapolis.

Wyser could face up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended his sentence be reduced, but Barker is not bound by the recommendation.

No date for sentencing was set.

Wyser was the top deputy prosecutor under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. Prosecutors allege he accepted a $2,500 bribe in 2009 to reduce the 70-year sentence of a prisoner convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The money allegedly came from the prisoner's father.

Court documents exclude the prisoner's name. However, the circumstances match the case of Paula Willoughby, who was released from prison in 2009 - 30 years earlier than expected - after hatching a murder for hire scheme leading to her husband's death. In 2006, as her attorneys sought to negotiate a shorter prison sentence, Willoughby's father began sending thousands of dollars ($29,000) in campaign contributions to Brizzi.

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