DETROIT - A jury has found embattled Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson not guilty on two of three firearm charges which originally were part of a bid-rigging case.
The jury was deadlocked on the third charge, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on it.
In an effort to streamline the trial, federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Ferguson except the firearm charges.
View court document: Counts against Ferguson dismissed
Ferguson already is serving a 21-year prison sentence for corruption committed while Kwame Kilpatrick was in office as Detroit mayor.
Ferguson's bid-rigging case involved allegations of fraud and illegal dumping at a housing project. His first trial in 2012 ended without a unanimous verdict -- a mistrial due to a deadlock.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Judge said dismissing some charges would save time for all parties, especially jurors.
Co-defendant Michael Woodhouse last week pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
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