A federal jury Thursday convicted the former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse that was the site of a massive immigration raid on 86 of 91 financial fraud charges.
Jurors returned the verdict against Sholom Rubashkin, 50, on its second day of deliberations after the nearly month-long trial. He faces a sentence that could add up to hundreds of years in prison - as well as a second federal trial on 72 immigration charges.
"We respect the jury's hard work. It was a difficult case. We disagree with the verdict," defense attorney Guy Cook said after the decision. "There were many legal errors made by the prosecution in the trial of this case and following sentencing we will appeal."
Prosecutors had alleged that as a manager of the former Agriprocessors, Inc., plant in Postville, Iowa, Rubashkin intentionally deceived the company's lender.