After 30 hours of deliberation, a jury Saturday found former Arts Council director P. David Romei guilty of two of the three charges he faced.
Romei was convicted of misapplication of fiduciary/fiinancial property in connection with his using city money for personal reasons. That charge is a third degree felony.
For a misapplication charge involving improper campaign contributions, Romei received a conviction on a lesser included misdemeanor charge.
He was found not guilty on the first charge, theft allegations involving donations to the A&M Foundation, the purchase of medication, and trips he allegedly paid for with Arts Council money.
Romei was stoic during the reading of the verdict, and showed little emotion as he left the courtroom. He had no comment.
The punishment phase of the trial begins Monday. Romei faces up to 10 years in prison as a result of the conviction, but could also receive probation since he has never been convicted of a felony before.
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