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Sweetwater attorney found guilty of forging multi-million dollar will

SAN ANGELO, Texas - A verdict was reached Monday morning for the Sweetwater attorney facing multiple charges for forgery, theft and money laundering.

A Tom Green County jury found John Young guilty of all four felony counts, according to San Angelo LIVE!

Young’s charges include two counts of forgery, one count of theft and one count of money laundering in the handling of the estate of John Sullivan, who Young had defended in an online solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography case.

Following Sullivan’s 2014 death, bail bondsman Ray Zapata and Young forged a handwritten will that left Sullivan’s $8 million estate to Young.  

Zapata was found guilty of forgery, theft, and money laundering in May 2017 and sentenced to six months in prison and five years probation and ordered to pay his portion of  $1.8 million that was never recovered from the estate while in Young’s possession.

The punishment phase of Young’s trial begins at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Tom Green County Courthouse.

Young faces two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on each of the four counts.

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