Court to hear Ohio ex-sheriff’s appeal in corruption case

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A former southeast Ohio sheriff appealing his corruption conviction will have his case heard next month by a state appeals court.

An attorney for former Athens County sheriff Pat Kelly has argued there was insufficient evidence to convict him on several charges, including theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. That’s among several issues raised in the appeal.

Kelly was accused of pocketing cash by selling county vehicles to a salvage yard and spending public money on clothes and meals. His attorney argued that Kelly traded forfeited vehicles for cash that was used for law enforcement purposes.

Kelly was sentenced to seven years in prison. The Fourth District Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments in the appeal on July 21 in Athens County.