Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi spoke with 24 Hour News 8about recent allegations suggsting he received thousands of dollarsfor his campaign in exchange for reducing the sentence of a womanconvicted of killing her husband.
In 1991 Paula Willoughby was sentenced to 110 years for theplotted murder of her husband. But on an appeal, her sentence wasreduced to 40 years for murder and 30 years conspiracy.
However, last year Brizzi's chief trial deputy David Wysersigned off on a modification agreement. Willoughby was releasedalmost 40 years early in July.
Brizzi admits to accepting $30,000 in campaign contributionsfrom Willoughby’s father.
"This is what Prosecutors do, you balance justice withcompassion,” said Brizzi. “That's what David did, Istand by that decision."
Wyser, who's running for Hamilton County Prosecutor, alsoreceived campaign donations from Willoughby's father. That donationwas $2,500.
“I returned mine right around the same time David returnedhis, we talked about it and thought the best thing to do was returnall of the money even the money that was given under the father'sLimited Liability Corporation,” said Brizzi. “All ofthat money was returned and that money was given over the course of4 or 5 years.”
Brizzi said he didn't know the money came from Willoughby'sfather because it came in under the father's LLC.
This isn't the first time Brizzi has faced controversy overcampaign funds.
Last year it was discovered that he accepted about a hundred andninety thousand dollars from Tim Durham, who is in the middle of afinancial scandal and FBI investigation.
Brizzi announced last month that he will not seek a third termbut he says it's not because of this or the Durham case.
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