A cement contractor was convicted Friday of three counts of wire fraud in an attempt to bilk attorney Oscar Goodman, who represented former Mayor Roger Hedgecock, out of $50,000.
The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated 3 1/2 hours Friday afternoon before returning their verdicts against Leon Haywood, 51, of Encanto.
Haywood could face 15 years in federal prison and a $3,000 fine when U.S. District Judge Howard Turrentine sentences him on March 10.
Goodman testified Friday that Haywood called him at his Las Vegas office several weeks after Goodman filed motions for a new trial for Hedgecock in which he alleged that jury tampering occurred because of improper conduct by bailiff Al Burroughs.
Goodman said Haywood told him he "had information that would be vital" for the new trial motion and would sell it to Goodman for $50,000. Haywood claimed that he was the intermediary for another man who knew one of the jurors, Goodman testified.