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Lubbock businessman not guilty on bribery, conspiracy charges

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A Lubbock businessman on trial for bribery and conspiracy charges was acquitted Friday.

The San Antonio Express-News reports it took jurors about 13 hours to reach a not guilty verdict for Vernon Farthing III.

Farthing testified earlier in the week that he didn't know a $10,000 monthly consulting fee his company paid a former state lawmaker was going to a former judge.

Farthing said he was persuaded by former Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo to hire former State Senator Carlos Uresti as a consultant. Uresti funneled that money to Judge Galindo so Farthing's company, Physicians Network Association, could get a contract from Reeves County.

Uresti and Galindo have both pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Uresti was sentenced to 12 years in prison in June for 11 felony charges in an unrelated case.

Farthing was the only defendant in this case to fight the charges. He could have faced up to 20 years on the charge of money laundering if he had been convicted.

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