REED CITY \u2014 Former Osceola County Road Commission manager Cliff Youngs was found guilty of one count of perjury on Monday. Jurors returned to Osceola County\u2019s 49th Circuit Court on Monday to finish deliberating after being released on Friday due to power outages in the area. On Friday, they spent about six hours working on the verdict, once asking Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy for instructions on how to proceed with a deadlock. They returned Monday morning and spent another two hours in the jury room before delivering the verdict. Youngs remains free on bond \u2014 Hill-Kennedy said he would allow Youngs to remain free until his sentencing because the crime was not violent \u2014 and he was instructed not to have any contact with witnesses or employees of the Osceola County Road Commission. Youngs was charged with perjury after allegedly lying under oath during a sworn interview with Michigan State Police Det. Troy Fellows in March 2012. Youngs was interviewed by detectives investigating claims that he had altered time cards for road commission jobs to retain extra funds from project grants, including a FEMA grant given to the county in 2009 to clean up tornado damage. During the trial, several road commission employees, including foreman Gerald Nelson, testified against Youngs, saying he instructed them to change time cards to apply grant funding to projects that weren\u2019t covered under the grants. Youngs took the stand in his own defense, denying the claims and saying he only asked them to change the way they documented equipment usage on projects. He said a misunderstanding about those instructions lead to timecards being changed without his knowledge. In closing arguments on Friday, Gregory Townsend, a prosecutor from the Attorney General\u2019s Office, told jurors they had to decide who they believed. \u201cThe bottom line in this case is that somebody\u2019s not being truthful,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s no misunderstanding. He either ordered these people, his employees, to alter time cards, or he didn\u2019t. \u2026 He ran the Osceola road commission, and run it he did. There was no issue of who\u2019s in charge. \u2026 Did he really not know what was going on? Were these employees acting alone? I would submit to you that they were not.\u201d Youngs\u2019 attorney, Jason Elmore, told jurors in his closing statement that Youngs had no incentive to change those time cards and described the road commission workers who testified as \u201cdisgruntled employees who don\u2019t understand the system and can\u2019t figure it out.\u201d \u201cCliff has stood up twice now and taken oaths and told the exact same story,\u201d Elmore said. \u201cCliff understood the grant process, the employees didn\u2019t and still don\u2019t. \u2026 There\u2019s no charge here regarding larceny or embezzlement, because it was all fine. So why are we here? Some people misunderstood their jobs and Cliff said \u2018hit these numbers\u2019 and Gerry went out and made a mistake.\u201d Elmore was not present on Monday, but his associate, Roger Wotilla, appeared to represent Youngs. Wotilla declined to comment after the verdict was announced, as did Townsend, Nelson, and road commissioner Alan Gingrich. Perjury carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Youngs sentencing is tentatively set for April 12.