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Ross sentenced to spend the next 18-to-30 months in prison on bribery charge

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The man convicted of bribing a juror during a December, 2013 trial has been sentenced to spend the next few years in prison.

34-year-old Brian Ross received 18-to-30 months on the bribery charge, in addition to 6 months for violating probation on a meth possession case. The sentences will run consecutively.

Judge Randall Lippstreu said that given Ross' prior record, probation was not an option.

The incident all began when Ross spoke to a juror upon arriving at the courthouse in December. The juror said Ross had approached him the morning of December 4, 2013 just minutes before Ross' trial was set to start. 

Ross asked the juror to "help him out" and offered him an envelope full of cash. Ross was convicted during that trial on charges of possession of a controlled substance, willful reckless driving, and obstruction. He is serving an 18 month prison sentence for those charges. 

During sentencing, Ross gave a tearful apology to the Judge. "I just want to apologize to my family and friends for the trouble I've caused and the people of the county for the time and money I've wasted," said Ross. "I've accepted responsibility for the things I've done and want to move forward with leading a sober life."

Ross is credited for 143 days served; he will be eligible for parole in 12 months and release in 18 months .

 

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