SAN ANGELO - A Tom Green County jury found Sweetwater lawyer John Stacy Young guilty on Monday, on four charges related to conspiring with a San Angelo bail bondsman to forge a will and claim a local man's estimated $8 million estate.

SAN ANGELO - A Tom Green County jury found Sweetwater lawyer John Stacy Young guilty on Monday, on four charges related to conspiring with a San Angelo bail bondsman to forge a will and claim a local man's estimated $8 million estate.

Young, a well-known criminal defense attorney, has represented clients in Runnels and surrounding counties for many years.

According to the San Angelo Standard Times, the jury deliberations began Friday, and the verdict was reached Monday morning, as the trial entered its fourth week. The sentencing phase began Monday afternoon.

The sentence had not been handed down as of press time Tuesday.

Young faces punishment of 180 days to two years in jail and two to 99 years in prison on charges of theft, money laundering and two counts of forgery.

The Texas Rangers charged Young and former bail bondsman Ray Castro Zapata, 66, with stealing the estate of San Angelo resident John Edward Sullivan, 77, after he died June 4, 2014.

Prosecutors from the Texas Attorney General's Office argued Young was the mastermind, the Standard Times reported.

Prosecutor Jonathan White told jurors a calculated ploy blossomed on the day Zapata found Sullivan's body in his Santa Rita neighborhood home.

Zapata was bail bondsman for Sullivan when Sullivan was arrested in March 2014 on charges of soliciting minors online, and possession of child pornography. Court documents said Young became Sullivan's lawyer through a referral from Zapata.

Young then hired Zapata to babysit Sullivan for $100 an hour, according to testimony.

Zapata allegedly found a will in which Sullivan bequeathed his entire fortune to Young inside a prayer book at Sullivan's residence.

White said Zapata took pictures of Sullivan's body and contacted Young and Sweetwater attorney Christianson O. Hartman — who filed the purported will for probate the next day— instead of calling police, the Standard Times reported.

Phone records showed a conference call took place between the men while Sullivan lay dead in the bathroom of his home, the Standard Times reported.

"This conference call was where the idea was hatched" as a scheme to recoup $900,000 in contingency fees promised to Young by Sullivan in an unrelated suit, White said.

White argued Young encouraged Zapata to forge the will.

Zapata, who faced the same charges as Young, was found guilty in a May trial. A Tom Green County jury sentenced him to six months in state jail and 10 years' probation.

Judge Brock Jones, who is presiding over Young's trial as well, also ordered Zapata to pay $1.8 million to Sullivan's estate. Zapata is appealing the conviction.

White contended Young quickly and quietly had Sullivan cremated because holding a funeral would draw attention to the will. Sullivan was cremated June 12, 2014.