Ex-prosecutor faces sentencing on bribery charge

INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge sentenced Marion County's former chief deputy prosecutor Monday for accepting a bribe in exchange for reducing a convicted murderer's sentence.

David Wyser was sentenced to three years of probation, six months of home detention and 240 hours of community service. He will not serve any time behind bars.

Wyser pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of accepting a $2,500 bribe in 2009 from a prisoner's father to reduce her 70-year sentence on murder charges. She was released after 18 years in prison.

Government lawyers got push back from Judge Sarah Evans Barker who called Wyser's situation a "misstep, and not a character flaw."

She rejected the call for prison time.    

Prosecutors requested leniency for Wyser, citing his cooperation in an investigation of his ex-boss, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

Federal prosecutors announced in October that Brizzi wouldn't face charges that he accepted bribes while in office.

Wyser will return to Nevada to serve his probation.

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