Former Ohio sheriff appeals public corruption conviction

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – A former southeast Ohio sheriff imprisoned for public corruption has appealed his conviction.

In a court filing this week, an attorney argues there was insufficient evidence to convict former Athens County sheriff Patrick Kelly on several charges, including theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Defense attorney Scott Wood also questions instructions to the jury and alleges the court wrongly found Kelly guilty of contempt.

Kelly was accused of pocketing cash by selling county vehicles to a salvage yard and spending public money on clothes and meals. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

His attorney argues Kelly traded forfeited vehicles for cash that was used for law enforcement purposes.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said it was aware of the appeal and would file a response.

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