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Former Muncie mayor faces bribery sentencing next month

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 17:25:36-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former Indiana mayor is set to find out his punishment next month on federal charges of taking a bribe in exchange for steering city projects to a contractor.

Former Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in May to plead guilty to a count of theft of government funds.

In the plea agreement, Tyler admitted to receiving $5,000 in 2015 to direct nearly $110,000 in demolition work to an unnamed company.

His sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 10 in Indianapolis.

Tyler, a Democrat, was indicted in the bribery case in late 2019 just weeks before his eight years as Muncie's mayor ended.