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AP: Kevin Ring Found Guilty in Corruption Case

A federal jury declared House-aide-turned-lobbyist Kevin Ring guilty of public corruption charges Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Ring was indicted in 2008 on charges stemming from the investigation centered on his one-time boss, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ring was found guilty on five charges of conspiracy, honest services fraud and providing an illegal gratuity to an aide to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The jury acquitted Ring on three counts of honest services fraud, according to the Department of Justice.

Ring was the only lobbyist who opted to challenge the government in court rather than accept a plea deal in the Abramoff investigation. Neither Ring nor his attorneys commented on the verdict.

The verdict comes several days after jurors declared themselves deadlocked in the case and sought advice from U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle over the definition of legal and illegal gifts to public officials. The jury deliberated for a total of three days following the two-week trial.

Several of the jurors interviewed after the trial said federal prosecutors had convinced them that Ring’s actions had crossed the line from legal to illegal lobbying. “There’s a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things,” retired postal worker Tom Bandy told the AP.

Ring stood trial on the same charges in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2009, but Huvelle declared a mistrial when jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Ring is scheduled to be sentenced March 1.