Attorney John Hummel, former Garfield County public defender and former Kane County Attorney, was found guilty of felony charges of theft or attempted theft by extortion for demanding money, firearms and other forms of payment from indigent clients he was already being paid by taxpayers to defend.

The charges were all from cases in Garfield County.

Hummel was found guilty of five felony counts on February 1, 2013, in Sixth District Court after jurors spent three hours of deliberation.

Judge James R. Taylor set a March 15 sentencing date. Fifty four year-old Hummel could face up to 55 years in prison.

According to the prosecutors, in 2008 and 2009 Hummel used his power and influence to extract payments from at least seven clients. Court documents say that among the items received as payment for legal services were seven firearms, two computers, an iPod, two flat screen TVs, a digital and video camera, DVD player, Play Station 3, and more than $11,000 in cash from the indigent clients.

Hummel’s attorney, Gary Pendleton, said his client plans to appeal.