State Rep. Bill DeWeese from Greene County was found guilty on five of the six counts on which he was charged. Inquirer reporter Amy Worden who is in the courtroom tweeted: “Dauphin Co. jury finds Rep. DeWeese guilty on five counts of theft/criminal conspiracy, not guilty on one count.”
Initially, if state Rep. DeWeese had been found guilty on all counts, he could have faced 40 years in prison but it is unclear how much time he will face for being found guilty on 5 out of 6 counts.
DeWeese, from Greene County was once Speaker of the state House. He has also served as House Majority Leader.
He is most well known for his floor speeches in which he is known to be not only tough but verbose as well.
DeWeese was indicted in December of 2009 by then Attorney General Tom Corbett.
The charges were conflict of interest, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft of services, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and criminal conspiracy to commit conflict of interest and/or theft. These charges are related to the Bonusgate scandal.