After deliberating for 48 hours, an Allegheny County jury has found state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, guilty of theft, conflict of interest, and forgery charges.
The panel of five men and seven women also acquitted Orie on 10 of her 24 counts related to perjury, election code violations and obstruction of justice.
The PG's Paula Reed Ward wrote earlier this afternoon that the jury deliberated all day with two breaks:
"Jurors have not asked any questions or given any indications what they might be discussing. ... Jurors told Judge Jeffrey Manning on Saturday that they had reached a "serious impasse," but he instructed them to keep trying."
The guilty charges will mean Orie will lose her state pension and her Senate position once she is sentenced. But like state Rep. Bill DeWeese, D-Waynesburg, who was convicted last month on five felony counts, she will be able to remain in office until her sentencing date.
UPDATE: Here's a joint statement from the two top Senate Republicans -- President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi -- on the verdict:
"Throughout her 15 years of service in the General Assembly, Senator Jane Orie has worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents. We thank the men and women on the jury for their service, and we respect their decision."