A jury convicted a former computer programmer of a high-tech crime: planting a computer "virus" to wipe out 168,000 records in revenge for being fired by an insurance firm.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated six hours Monday before finding 40-year-old Donald Gene Burleson guilty of harmful access to a computer, a third-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.The jury was to return to State District Court Tuesday to determine the sentence for Burleson, who is believed to be the first person convicted in Texas under the state's 3-year-old computer sabotage law. Jurors were told that Burleson planted a virus, or rogue program, in the computer system used to store records at USPA and IRA Co., a Fort Worth-based insurance and brokerage firm.