CHICAGO | A Cook County judge on Thursday sentenced a Markham man to six years in prison for his attempt to solicit $10,000 in exchange for false testimony at an involuntary manslaughter trial.
Robert Marzette, 48, of Markham, pleaded guilty to felony bribery, and Judge Jorge Alonso sentenced him to six years in prison during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, according to a news release from the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Marzette, who was on parole for a 2010 burglary conviction at the time of the incident, attempted to solicit $10,000 to provide false testimony at the trial of Maurice McGee, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in 2008, according to the release.
A witness who was cooperating with authorities was contacted by one of Marzette's relatives, who indicated Marzette was willing to talk to the witness to make the case against McGee "go away."
On May 13, the cooperating witness spoke with Marzette, who demanded a $10,000 cash payment in exchange for testifying at McGee's upcoming trial that "Maurice McGee did not do the shooting."
Marzette agreed to a $7,000 bribe and met with a private investigator he believed was hired by the cooperating witness.
On May 16, Marzette met with a Cook County state's attorney undercover investigator at a southwest suburban restaurant. Marzette acknowledged he was accepting the $7,000 in exchange for false testimony, took the envelope of money, left the restaurant and was arrested by authorities.