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HAMMOND, Ind. -- Lake County, Indiana Sheriff John Buncich was convicted on all six counts of wire fraud and bribery on Thursday morning.

His family and friends were in tears as the jury read the verdict. His lawyer says he's bewildered by the decision.

The trial lasted 13 days. Jurors deliberated for just five hours.

Buncich's sentencing is scheduled for December 6th, and he'll be free on bond until then.

Prosecutors argued Buncich sought bribes from towing companies in exchange for county contracts, and he used the money to repay his personal debts.

The FBI raided the sheriff's office last year and says he was recorded, saying he transferred money between his personal account and his re-election campaign, and he needed the bribe money to repay it.

Buncich denies it.