Former West Hollywood restaurateur H. Daniel Whitman was convicted Friday--for the second time--of conspiring to kill a witness in a federal ticket-scalping investigation.
A federal court jury in Los Angeles found Whitman, 55, guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, witness-tampering, retaliating against a federal witness and conspiracy to deprive a witness of his civil rights.
U.S. District Judge Francis C. Whelan set sentencing for Aug. 12, and permitted Whitman to remain free on bail.
Whitman, former owner of Cyrano's restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, was convicted on the same charges in 1984 and sentenced to eight years in prison, but the conviction was overturned by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered a new trial.
Defense attorney James Twitty said he is confident the second conviction will be reversed, too. "Mark my words, we'll win in the (U.S.) 9th Circuit (Court of Appeals)," he said.