BOISE -- Four southwest Idaho executives have been convicted of dozens of fraud charges after months of emotional testimony, including the mysterious death of an FBIagent who took the stand.
On Monday, a jury found Doug Swenson, founder of the former real estate company DBSI, guilty of 78 counts of wire and securities fraud.
They also found his sons, Jeremy and David Swenson, along with another DBSI executive Mark Ellison, guilty of 44 counts of wire and securities fraud.
Now, we're hearing from one of the men who decided their fate, the jury foreman.
Mark Richmond has now been a juror in five cases, four in Ada County.
He says at first it was exciting to serve, but the jurors quickly realized how important this case was.
It was a big case, big for Boise, big for Idaho, said Richmond.
Richmond says he had no idea when he walked into the federal building on January 31, just how important the next two-and-a-half months would be.
The jury was finally dismissed on April 15. Richmond says the testimony was intense throughout all 42 days.
The weight of it was sometimes suffocating, and the consequences we knew what it was, but we all had a job to do and we did it, said Richmond.
He was one of the jurors who sat through more than a dozen witnesses and hours of complicated explanations of the financial dealings of the Meridian real estate company.
Richmond says eventually they started recognizing the defendants' family members in the courtroom, and realized the consequences of their decision.
You're sitting there looking at these four men, two of them in their sixties, knowing that the consequence could be that they never are free again if they go to prison, said Richmond.
Richmond admits the financial statements were overwhelming at first, but says when DBSI's accountant testified, the question of fraud was answered.
When Matt Beckett testified that's when all the pieces started to fall together in terms of when the crimes happened, that they could have stopped before they went over that line, said Richmond.
Richmond says the jury knew their verdict would set a precedent for businesses in Idaho.
There were jurors that were losing sleep, were losing weight, because of the stress and the weight of this case on them, and they knew they were eventually going to have to make a decision, said Richmond.
The jury spent three days looking back through each count and each piece of evidence.
Richmond says they eventually agreed on the verdict, saying he walked away with his own lesson in investing.
Really kind of got scared about what was being allowed to happen to these poor investors because there wasn't full disclosure, said Richmond.
Also during this trial, FBI agent Rebekah Morse took her own life after two days of testimony.
Richmond told us that one juror noticed she was using her phone while on stand, and alerted the court clerk.
The next day, she wasn't there, and the jury was told to take into account that she had lied on stand.
After the verdict, on April 15, the jury learned that Morse had passed away.
Richmond said some of the jurors were emotional about the news and will use the counseling services the court is providing.
A judge will sentence the four defendants in August.
They were all found not guilty of conspiracy and money laundering charges.