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Sweetwater attorney sentenced for forging will

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Sweetwater attorney John Young was sentenced to 26 years in prison on Wednesday by a jury in Tom Green County for forging a millionaire's will for his own benefit.

According to our news partners at San Angelo LIVE!, the jury sentenced Young to a total of 26 years – two years and a $10,000 fine for the first count of forgery, two years and a $10,000 fine on the second forgery count, 11 years and a $10,000 fine on the theft count, and 11 years and a $10,000 on the money laundering count. Because the sentences run concurrently, he will serve 11 years in prison.

The charges stem from Young’s handling of an estate for John Sullivan -- a former client.

Following Sullivan’s death in 2014, 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 and sentenced to six months in prison, five years of probation and ordered to pay his portion of the $1.8 million that was never recovered from the estate.


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