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Monday, November 04, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Document reveals how bribery of former Marion County Deputy Prosecutor David Wyser unfolded"

Tim Evans' long story was in the Nov. 2 Indianapolis Star. It begins:

A little before noon on May 29, 2009, Indianapolis defense attorney Jennifer Lukemeyer’s telephone rang.

The caller was Marion County Chief Deputy Prosecutor David Wyser.

Lukemeyer had been pushing Wyser and his boss, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, for nearly five years for a sentence modification to free convicted murderer Paula Epperly Willoughby from prison.

“I want (Willoughby’s father),” Wyser said, “to give, and you can tell him.”

So early that afternoon, Lukemeyer called Willoughby’s father, Indianapolis businessman Harrison Epperly, and passed along Wyser’s request for a “campaign contribution.”

Epperly didn’t hesitate.

He took out his checkbook and wrote a $2,500 check to Wyser’s campaign fund in his bid for the GOP nomination for Hamilton County prosecutor.

It was a check, Wyser admitted in July when pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge, that bought Willoughby’s freedom.

Brizzi was not charged in the case. Lukemeyer declined to comment Friday. She has not been accused of any criminal or professional misconduct.

Wyser’s phone conversation with Lukemeyer that day — as well as the finagling that went on before and after — are detailed in a sentencing memorandum filed Friday by federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Wyser, who will be sentenced Nov. 25, faces up to 24 months in prison.

The 21-page report lays out, publicly for the first time, the behind-the-scenes story of how Wyser facilitated Willoughby’s release after she had served just 18 years of a 70-year prison sentence in the killing of her husband.

The Star included links to the documents, the ILB has straightened and OCRed them: the 21-page Wyser sentencing memorandum and to the 8-page federal prosecutor's request for leniency for Wyser due to cooperation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 4, 2013 09:07 AM
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