Ex-prosecutor receives no jail time after pleading guilty to bribery charges

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A former Marion County deputy prosecutor will not serve jail time after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.

David Wyser was sentenced to three years of probation, six months of home detention and community service. He was the key trial deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

Wyser pleaded guilty to accepting a $2,500 campaign donation in exchange for a sentence modification of convicted killer Paula Willoughby.

Willoughby’s millionaire industrialist father, Harrison Epperly, made a donation to Wyser’s campaign for Hamilton County Prosecutor. That donation was made in May 2009, at the same time Wyser was negotiating the early release of Epperly’s daughter from prison. 

Willoughby was released after serving 17 years of a 70-year murder sentence.

A judge ruled Monday that the money was not a bribe but instead a reward.  Additionally, the judge said the money wasn’t awarded for Willoughby’s early release.