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Jury unable to reach verdict yet in Morgantown exec’s trial; to resume today


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Lewis Laurita Jr.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Jurors deliberated about 5 1/2 hours Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the campaign finance fraud trial of Morgantown coal boss James Lewis Laurita Jr.

Laurita, 58, of Morgantown, is facing prosecution on one count of scheme to cause false statements to Federal Election Commission; two counts of causing contributions in the name of another; one count of causing excessive contributions; and three counts of causing false statements to the Federal Election Commission.

If he’s convicted, Laurita, who has pleaded innocent, likely would face no more than a total of 5 years in prison because the court would group the counts for the purpose of sentencing. In the event of convictions, the sentence also would depend on how jurors answered questions involving the amount of money.

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