CLEVELAND -- A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Jury Tuesday convicted two local attorneys of trying to bribe a pair of rape victims to change their testimony, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.
G. Timothy Marshall, 63, of Cleveland, and Marc Doumbas, 45, of Avon Lake, were each found guilty on two counts of bribery.
Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove immediately imposed a sentence of one year in prison for each guilty verdict, but because she also ordered the sentences to run concurrently, that means Marshall and Doumbas each face one year in prison.
Marshall and Doumbas were ordered to begin serving their sentences immediately.
On Nov. 1, Anthony O. Calabrese III, a third attorney involved in the conspiracy, entered a plea of guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and four counts of bribery. On Nov. 4, Thomas Castro, the convicted sex offender whose case Calabrese, Marshall and Doumbas were trying to affect, entered a guilty plea to two counts of bribery.
The jury Tuesday found that Marshall and Doumbas offered a series of bribes totaling $150,000 to two of Castro's victims. The two women were to be paid if they would change their testimony and urge leniency for Castro before he was to be sentenced by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Russo.
In sentencing Doumbas and Marshall, Judge Cosgrove said the outcome shows that "Justice is not for sale in Cuyahoga County."
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Meyer, who led the prosecution team in this case, said, "The real heroes here are the victims. They had the courage to testify against this rapist and the integrity to reject $150,000 in bribe money from his attorneys."