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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - A Berrien County jury found Reverend Edward Pinkney guilty of five counts of forgery after deliberating for nine hours. He had been accused of changing the dates on some of the signatures on a petition to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower.
The jury found him not guilty of six counts of false certification of recall petitions for allowing people to sign more than once.
The trial started Monday October 27 and the jury deliberated for nine hours on Friday and Monday combined.
"I was in shock more than anything else because I could not believe they could find me guilty with no evidence at all. They have proven the fact you don't need evidence to send someone to prison," said Pinkney after the verdict.
Pinkney will be sentenced December 15, but says he will request a delay.