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Former Assistant Prosecutor Pleds Not Guilty To Conspiracy

YAKIMA, Wash. - A pair of lawyers formally working in Benton County are facing charges of bribery and conspiracy.

The men are accused of swindling thousands of dollars from their clients.

Jeff Finney, a former Benton County Defense Attorney and Tyler Morris, who was an Assistant Kennewick City Prosecutor used to pled with judges on behalf on their clients, now their pleading for themselves.

Morris appeared in Federal Court in Yakima Thursday, and pled not guilty to theft, bribery, and conspiracy.

He and Finney allegedly told their clients they could buy their way out of charges. The money supposedly went to a Kennewick youth program and charges would be dropped or reduced. The problem is the money never made to the program, and Kennewick city staff said they'd like to do all they can to restore the public's confidence.

"Obviously there's words and there's actions. We're doing everything we can to make sure that we restore the public's trust," said Kennewick City Attorney John Ziobro.   

Finney and Morris could face 15 to 25 years in prison if convicted.